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hitter

noun [C] uk   /ˈhɪt.ər/ us    /ˈhɪt̬.ɚ/
in baseball, the player whose turn it is to hit the ball: Davis is expected to see action primarily as a designated hitter (= a player who regularly hits instead of another player, usually instead of the pitcher, each time it is the other player's turn to hit). In the seventh inning, the manager inserted Trammell as a pinch hitter (= a player who hits instead of another player after the other player has appeared in the game).
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