a pitched ball that the catcher can reasonably be expected to catch but misses, resulting in a base runner's or runners' advancing one or more bases or in the batter's reaching first base safely.
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- passed pawn,
Compare wild pitch.
Origin of passed ball
An Americanism dating back to 1860–65
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