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English definition of “pinch-hit”

pinch-hit

verb [I] uk   /ˈpɪntʃ.hɪt/ US us  
to do something for someone because they are suddenly unable to do it: He was pinch-hitting for one of the regular TV sportscasters, and was a great success.Replacing and exchanging
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