Definition of brushback in US English:


(also brushback pitch)


  • A pitch aimed close to the body so that the batter must step back to avoid it.

    • ‘One of Adcock's more memorable eruptions after a brushback pitch was to chase a terrified pitcher Ruben Gomez of the San Francisco Giants off the field.’
    • ‘In baseball, players used to legislate brushback pitches and there was a code of conduct.’
    • ‘I think the players should be allowed to take care of the brushback pitch instead of the umpires.’
    • ‘The armor has removed much of the fear factor that made the brushback pitch an effective weapon.’
    • ‘The Yanks reacted with brushbacks or unhittable slop.’