verb (used without object), pinch-hit, pinch-hit·ting.

Baseball. to serve as a pinch hitter.
Informal. to substitute for someone, especially in an emergency.

verb (used with object), pinch-hit, pinch-hit·ting.

Baseball. to get, or make (a hit) in pinch-hitting.

Nearby words

  1. pinch pennies,
  2. pinch pleat,
  3. pinch point,
  4. pinch roller,
  5. pinch runner,
  6. pinchback,
  7. pinchbeck,
  8. pinchbottle,
  9. pinchcock,
  10. pincheck

Origin of pinch-hit

1930–35, Americanism; back formation from pinch hitter

pinch hit

noun Baseball.

a hit made by a pinch hitter.

Origin of pinch hit

First recorded in 1910–15 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for pinch-hit


verb -hits, -hitting or -hit (intr)

baseball to bat as a substitute for the scheduled batter
US and Canadian informal to act as a substitute
cricket (of a batsman in a limited-overs match) to bat aggressively at the start of an innings in order to take advantage of fielding restrictions
Derived Formspinch hitter, noun

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