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first base

  1. Baseball.
    1. the first in counterclockwise order of the bases from home plate.
    2. the position of the player covering the area of the infield near first base.
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  1. get to first base, Informal.
    1. to succeed in the initial phase of a plan or undertaking: His suggestions for labor-saving techniques never got to first base.
    2. to engage in petting that goes no further than kissing.
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Origin of first base

An Americanism dating back to 1835–45
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Examples from the Web for first base

Historical Examples

  • Andy did take his time, and as a result got four balls and walked to first-base.

    The Putnam Hall Rivals

    Arthur M. Winfield

  • On the first pitch, as Dreer got a fast start for second, Hollis bunted down the first-base line.

  • Way bunted down the first-base line, and managed to beat out the throw.

    The Lucky Seventh

    Ralph Henry Barbour

  • The ball bounded off the tip end of the bat and went whirling along the first-base line.

    The Crimson Sweater

    Ralph Henry Barbour

  • He is entitled to first-base if the pitcher pitches four bad balls, at none of which he (the batsman) has struck.

British Dictionary definitions for first base

first base

  1. baseball
    1. the base that a runner must reach safely to score a hit, and the first of the three bases he must reach safely on the way to home plate in order to score a run
    2. the fielding position nearest this base
  2. get to first base informal, mainly US and Canadian to accomplish the first step of an undertaking
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