One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
verb[no object]often pinch-hit for
1Bat instead of another player, typically at a critical point in the game.‘he pinch-hit for O'Brien and grounded out’‘he elected to bring on a right-hander to pinch-hit’
- ‘Why didn't he pinch-hit for Dent, the weakest link in the Yankee batting order?’
- ‘Jackson, who had been sitting out with a hamstring pull, actually did make an appearance in the game when he pinch-hit for Dick Green.’
- ‘Bob Bartum then pinch-hit for center fielder Don Landrum and hit a sacrifice fly to bring home the winning run.’
- ‘The Red Sox were losing 6-3 in the bottom of the eighth inning when I pinch-hit for Roger Moret.’
- ‘In a game against Baltimore last week, Manuel pinch-hit for Anderson after the Orioles brought in a lefthander.’
- 1.1North American informal Act as a substitute for someone, especially in an emergency.‘last year, I pinch-hit for a movie critic on paternity leave’
substitute, deputize, stand in, cover, provide cover, take over, act, act as deputy, act as stand-in, sit in, act as understudy, understudy, be a proxy, act as locum tenensView synonyms
- ‘Well, speaking of a pause, time for us to take another pause, Dan Rather with Jay Leno, pinch-hitting tonight for Larry King.’
- ‘And she pinch-hits for Kelly, and she does a fine job.’
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