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pitchout

[ pich-out ]
/ ˈpɪtʃˌaʊt /
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noun

Baseball. a strategy in which a pitcher purposely throws the ball too far outside the plate for the batter to hit, but enabling the catcher to more easily handle the ball in anticipation of an attempted steal, squeeze play, or hit-and-run play: On a botched pitchout by the Oakland battery, Santana stole his first base since last September.
Football. a lateral pass thrown behind the line of scrimmage by one back, especially a T-formation quarterback, to another: Freeman took a pitchout and went 42 yards around left end for the score.

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Origin of pitchout

An Americanism dating back to 1910–15; noun use of verb phrase pitch out
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How to use pitchout in a sentence

  • Meyers signed for a pitchout, and Byrne was caught ten feet from second.

    Pitching in a Pinch|Christy Mathewson
  • He thought I was attempting to cross him and did not order a pitchout.

    Pitching in a Pinch|Christy Mathewson
  • If a catcher can get a pitchout on a hit and run sign he upsets the other team greatly.

    Pitching in a Pinch|Christy Mathewson
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