force play


noun Baseball.

a situation in which a base runner is forced to advance to a base or to home plate as a result of the batter becoming a base runner or to make room for another base runner.

Nearby words

  1. force feed,
  2. force fit,
  3. force majeure,
  4. force of habit,
  5. force of mastication,
  6. force pump,
  7. force someone's hand,
  8. force to be reckoned with,
  9. force-draft,
  10. force-feed

Origin of force play

An Americanism dating back to 1895–1900

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