Definition of sandlot in English:



North American
  • 1A piece of unoccupied land used by children for games.

    • ‘No one could have predicted it on the Central Area sandlots of Seattle, but that made it even more fun.’
    • ‘In the remake of the 1976 sandlot classic Bad News Bears, he doubles the ‘anti’ in his anti-hero.’
    • ‘From the sandlots to the shrine: for John and the rest of the Class of 2002, the call to the Hall is the culmination of boyhood dreams - Hall of Fame Induction Preview’
    • ‘The story follows him from his childhood in Alabama, where he first started playing baseball in sandlots, to his play in the Negro Leagues.’
    • ‘And here I was, 27 years old, but at heart still that kid on the sandlots of Cuba, starting in the outfield of the Cleveland Indians.’
    • ‘This is not because girls were not encouraged to trot to the sandlot along with their kid brothers, or because coaches think they will do better in a beauty pageant than the pro draft.’
    • ‘Before Volunteer Stadium was built in 2001, teams wanting to play extra hardball were taken to sandlots around town to thump local Little Leaguers.’
    • ‘He didn't play baseball beyond the Bronx sandlots, though he allows that as a senior at Long Island University, wearing his sandlot uniform because LIU had no money for uniforms, ‘I did pitch batting practice.’’
    • ‘Left to wander the streets of his native San Diego alone, the boy learned baseball on the sandlots at an early age.’
    • ‘Kids aren't just spending their time tossing a baseball on the local sandlots or skateboarding across the pavement near your business.’
    • ‘He came straight off the sandlots of Baltimore to become one of the game's great right fielders.’
    • ‘His legend began to take shape as a junior high basketball and baseball star and on the sandlots around Pahokee.’
    • ‘Desiring to meet new friends, Scotty takes up with a group of boys whose sole purpose in life is to play baseball out in the local sandlot.’
    • ‘‘We spent so much time on the sandlots,’ he said.’
    • ‘So he learned more about sports on sandlots than in the gym.’
    • ‘Others wanted more attention paid to the minor leagues, school ball, Little League, and the sandlot.’
    • ‘‘We heard something, but not much,’ he said in 1998 who was a Jackson pupil from the sandlots who played three years for the Class-A Greenville Spinners.’
    • ‘It was on the sandlots outside Los Angeles that he began calling the gadget plays the Eagles are known for.’
    • ‘Staging in the round on a sandlot is problematic; the battle scenes, though weird enough, fall flat.’
    • ‘He was 17 when the Expos acquired the high school dropout off the Dominican sandlots in March 1993.’
    1. 1.1[as modifier]Denoting or relating to sport played by amateurs.
      ‘sandlot baseball’
      • ‘He grew up playing soccer and sandlot baseball after spending mornings baking bread in his grandfather's bakery.’
      • ‘I was playing sandlot ball in Pasadena when a White Sox scout, spotted me, and, signed me to my first pro contract.’
      • ‘You can forget the sandlot myth that a batter must ‘break his wrists’ (whatever that means) to determine a swing.’
      • ‘Your father's summer vacation may have involved afternoons playing sandlot baseball or dropping a fishing line into a creek.’
      • ‘Young Troy hits a homer to win the sandlot game and says his heart belongs to the Dodgers and Ebbets Field.’
      • ‘This is a bit like a little league coach claiming he is ‘not enough of a hitter’ to play a game of sandlot ball.’
      • ‘He was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, but grew up in New York City, where he played sandlot baseball.’
      • ‘As the son of a semipro athlete who played sandlot baseball and football into his early 40's, he came by that blocky, unbreakable body by way of genetic inheritance.’
      • ‘What he does remember is a sandlot baseball game perhaps forty years in the past, particularly the mesmerizing colloquial speech of Coyle's cousin.’
      • ‘Today, you'll find them with controller in hand, glued to the TV, stealing bases and smacking home runs on the hand-held video version of the old sandlot standby.’
      • ‘During the sandlot days of the Depression he kept us supplied with scuffed baseballs, huge scarred bats, and other equipment from the Tigers' surplus.’
      • ‘Opinions around the league do vary, but there are teams that are enamored with his sandlot football, feel-no-pressure demeanor.’
      • ‘These thoughts are not reserved solely for the sandlot candidates but the minor league ones as well.’
      • ‘He was known to come home from work at his liquor store, stop off at a nearby field and pitch to both sides of a sandlot game.’
      • ‘‘A comedy of errors and unfortunate circumstances,’ he recalled, ‘combined to make a sandlot affair of what should have been the greatest basketball tournament ever.’’
      • ‘The organizers of sandlot ball games are not the only ones with an interest in efficient partitioning.’
      • ‘‘When we were kids, everybody played a lot of sandlot ball,’ said the director of the Babe Ruth Museum.’
      • ‘We also learn that the magnanimity hinted at in the sandlot baseball incident-when he is delighted rather than angered by the solecism spoken by Coyle's cousin-was alive and well in him as a young adult.’
      • ‘Within a year or so, he went from sandlot dreamer to bench warmer to league most valuable player.’
      • ‘He was pitching for Mike's Diner in Class B sandlot baseball when he was signed by a Boston Red Sox scout, receiving a $500 bonus.’