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wild pitch

[ wahyld-pich ]
/ ˈwaɪld ˈpɪtʃ /
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noun Baseball.
a pitched ball that the catcher misses and could not be expected to catch, allowing one or more base runners to advance one or more bases.

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Origin of wild pitch

An Americanism dating back to 1865–70
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wild pitch

A careless statement or action, as in Calling comic books great literature—that's a wild pitch. This term comes from baseball, where it signifies a pitched ball so far off target that the catcher misses it, enabling a base runner to advance. [Mid-1900s]

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