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Origin of pitch

1
1175–1225; (v.) Middle English picchen to thrust, pierce, set, set up (a tent, etc.), array, throw; perhaps akin to pick1; (noun) derivative of the v.

OTHER WORDS FROM pitch

pitch·a·ble, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for pitch in (1 of 3)

pitch in

verb (intr, adverb)

to cooperate or contribute
to begin energetically

British Dictionary definitions for pitch in (2 of 3)

pitch1
/ (pɪtʃ) /

verb

noun

Word Origin for pitch

C13 picchen; possibly related to pick 1

British Dictionary definitions for pitch in (3 of 3)

pitch2
/ (pɪtʃ) /

noun

any of various heavy dark viscid substances obtained as a residue from the distillation of tarsSee also coal-tar pitch
any of various similar substances, such as asphalt, occurring as natural deposits
any of various similar substances obtained by distilling certain organic substances so that they are incompletely carbonized
crude turpentine obtained as sap from pine treesRelated adjective: piceous

verb

(tr) to apply pitch to (something)

Word Origin for pitch

Old English pic, from Latin pix
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Scientific definitions for pitch in

pitch
[ pĭch ]

A thick, tarlike substance obtained by distilling coal tar, used for roofing, waterproofing, and paving.
Any of various natural bitumens, such as asphalt, having similar uses.
A resin derived from the sap of a cone-bearing tree, such as a pine.
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Idioms and Phrases with pitch in (1 of 2)

pitch in

1

Set to work vigorously, as in We pitched right in and started mowing the field. [Colloquial; second half of 1800s]

2

Join forces with others; help, cooperate. For example, We were hoping you'd pitch in and sort the books. Also see pitch into.

Idioms and Phrases with pitch in (2 of 2)

pitch

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