passed ball
noun Date: 1861 a baseball pitch not hit by the batter that passes the catcher when it should have been caught and allows a base runner to advance — compare wild pitch

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  • passed ball — passed′ ball′ n. spo a pitched baseball that the catcher can reasonably be expected to catch but misses Compare wild pitch • Etymology: 1860–65 …   From formal English to slang

  • passed ball — ☆ passed ball n. Baseball a misplay by the catcher in which a pitch that could be caught or controlled is missed and a base runner advances to another base as a result: cf. WILD PITCH …   English World dictionary

  • Passed ball — In baseball, a catcher is charged with a passed ball when he fails to hold or control a legally pitched ball that, with ordinary effort, should have been maintained under his control. When, as a result of this loss of control, the batter or the… …   Wikipedia

  • passed ball — noun a pitch that the catcher should have caught but did not; allows a base runner to advance a base • Hypernyms: ↑pitch, ↑delivery * * * noun Etymology: from past participle of pass (I) : a pitched ball not hit by the batter that passes the… …   Useful english dictionary

  • passed ball — {n.} A pitched baseball missed by the catcher when he should have been able to catch it. * /The batter singled and went to second on a passed ball./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • passed ball — {n.} A pitched baseball missed by the catcher when he should have been able to catch it. * /The batter singled and went to second on a passed ball./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • passed ball — noun A play where the catcher fails to stop a normally playable pitch and a runner advances. Jones let a passed ball get behind him …   Wiktionary

  • passed\ ball — noun A pitched baseball missed by the catcher when he should have been able to catch it. The batter singled and went to second on a passed ball …   Словарь американских идиом

  • passed ball — Baseball. a pitched ball that the catcher can reasonably be expected to catch but misses, resulting in a base runner s or runners advancing one or more bases or in the batter s reaching first base safely. Cf. wild pitch. [1860 65, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • ball — See: BASE ON BALLS, CARRY THE BALL, FLY BALL, FOUL BALL, GET THE BALL ROLLING, SET THE BALL ROLLING, START THE BALL ROLLING, GOPHER BALL, GROUND BALL, HAVE A HALL, HAVE SOMETHING ON THE BALL, JUMP BALL, KEEP THE BALL. ROLLING, LONG BALL, ON THE… …   Dictionary of American idioms

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