Dust-off-a-batter meaning

(idiomatic, baseball) For a pitcher to throw a pitch at or near the batter, typically to frighten the batter or to have him stand farther away from home plate.

That pitcher doesn't like the hitters too close to the plate so every once in a while he'll dust off a batter.

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Origin of dust-off-a-batter

  • From the concept that a pitch thrown very close to a batter will remove some dust or dirt from the batter's uniform either by brushing against it or causing a breeze very close to it, or alternatively by the batter jumping away from the pitch to avoid being hit.

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