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English definition of “pinch-hit”


verb [I]  /ˈpɪntʃˈhɪt/ us  
(in baseball) to take another player’s turn to hit
pinch hitter
noun [C]  /ˈpintʃˈhɪt̬·ər/ us  
They took me out for a pinch hitter.
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