- Baseball to bat in place of the batter whose turn it is, esp. when a hit is particularly needed
- to act as a substitute in an emergency (for)
intransitive verbpinch-hit, pinch-hit·ting, pinch-hits
- Baseball To bat in place of a player scheduled to bat, especially when a hit is badly needed.
- Informal To substitute for another in a time of need.
- pinch hit
- pinch hitter
(third-person singular simple present pinch-hits, present participle pinch-hitting, simple past and past participle pinch-hit)
- (intransitive, baseball) To bat in place of another player
- Jones pinch-hit for Smith in the sixth.
- (intransitive, idiomatic) To do something in the place of another person who is not able to perform or is less skilled; to substitute or stand in for somebody.
- Jones pinch-hit for Smith during today's presentation.
(plural pinch hits)
- (baseball) A hit made by a pinch hitter.
- Jones drove in a run with a pinch hit for Smith in the sixth.