One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a pitcher) force a batter to step back to avoid being hit by a ball pitched close to the body.
- ‘Baseball is all about pitching inside and trying to brush the batter back off the plate.’
- ‘I would have brushed him back off the plate a couple of times.’
- ‘And on top of that, the pitcher would think twice about trying to brush the batter back off the plate.’
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