pinch-hit  {v.}
1. To substitute for another player at bat in a baseball game.
Smith was sent in to pinch-hit for Jones.
2.  {informal}
To act for a while, or in an emergency, for another person; take someone's place for a while.
I asked him to pinch-hit for me while I was away.
The president of the City Council pinch-hits for the mayor when the mayor is out of town.
- pinch-hitter  {n.}
Jones was hit by a pitched ball and Smith came in as a pinch-hitter.
When our teacher was sick, Mrs. Harris was called as a pinch-hitter.
- pinch-hitting  {adj.} or  {n.}
Pinch-hitting for another teacher is a hard job.
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