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big hitter

1. A person, group, or organization of exceptional talent, ability, influence, authority, or success. Ms. Smith's law firm is a big hitter in this city. I've become known as something of a big hitter in the company since securing that new client last week.
2. A product or brand that sells or has sold extremely well. Through its clever advertising campaign, this new vacuum cleaner has become a big hitter in the industry.
See also: big, hitter

bad-ball hitter

In baseball, a batter who tries to hit pitches that are out of the strike zone. A: "What on earth is he swinging at?" B: "He's a bad-ball hitter, it's just how he plays. He'll hit one eventually."
See also: hitter

heavy hitter

1. An extremely successful, important, or influential person. John is a real heavy hitter in the world of finance. Many people have tried to copy his success.
2. A high-scoring athlete, especially a baseball player. The team would be foolish to trade their heavy hitter. He's the reason the team did well this season.
See also: heavy, hitter

heavy hitter

An important or influential individual or organization. For example, This publishing house is one of the heavy hitters in the textbook industry. This expression originated in sports such as boxing, where it literally meant "hitting hard," and was transferred to other enterprises in the mid-1900s.
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pinch hitter

A substitute for another person, especially in an emergency. For example, Pat expected her mother to help with the baby, but just in case, she lined up her mother-in-law as pinch hitter . This expression comes from baseball, where it is used for a player substituting for another at bat at a critical point or in a tight situation (called a pinch since the late 1400s). [Late 1800s]
See also: hitter, pinch

big (or heavy) hitter

a person with considerable power and influence (as contrasted with those who have less).
2004 Film Inside Out Ollie Trinke…is a big hitter in the music PR world of Manhattan.
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pinch hitter

1. n. a substitute batter in the game of baseball. Sam is a pinch hitter for Ralph, who broke his wrist.
2. n. any substitute person. In school today we had a pinch hitter. Our teacher was sick.
See also: hitter, pinch

power hitter

n. a batter in the game of baseball who can hit the ball great distances. Ted is a real power hitter. They’ll try to walk him.
See also: hitter, power


1. n. a ballplayer who bats either right-handed or left-handed. (Baseball.) I’m not a switch-hitter. In fact, I can hardly hit the ball at all.
2. n. a bisexual person. (From sense 1) Bart finally decided he was a switch-hitter and asked Brad for a date since Mary was busy.
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Lamberg, Whitsett and Carothes are outside hitters, and Jarvis, Fitch and Wienecke are setters.
Martin is a successful speaker, consultant, and the creator of the Heavy Hitter Selling training program.
The flat bat allows the hitter to get immediate feedback from his swing after contact.
Anytime the hitter can predict the next pitch, he puts the pitcher in a danger zone.
Example: the hitter can hang up a net and hit tennis balls into it off a tee.
During this season's Power Hitter Clinic and Competition program, the young athletes received first-hand instruction in batting, catching and throwing from present and former Dodger players and coaches.
Royal's Andi Ramirez, a four-year starter who has committed to BYU, is the team's leading hitter and among California's top overall players.
The figures increase slightly for Major League Baseball hitters.
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is proud that our partnership with the Los Angeles Dodgers allows us to bring events like the Power Hitter Clinic and Competition to these young athletes," said David Wiggs, LADWP general manager.
Going into Monday's game against High Desert, left-handed hitters were batting .
When your setter is in the back row, you have a left-side, middle, and right-side hitter in the front row.
Dozens of local children had the experience of a lifetime today as they joined Los Angeles Dodger catcher David Ross, coach Manny Mota and the legendary Maury Wills on the baseball diamond for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's (LADWP) Power Hitter Clinic and Competition event held at the Rosecrans Recreation Center.
For a strong power hitter with a reputation for hitting balls out of the ballpark, Billy became an even more intriguing hitter.
Young Ballplayers Compete For Top Spot at LADWP Power Hitter Clinic
I'm a left-handed hitter and I was getting a lot of hits to left field and that did make my average go up, but it took a lot of my power away from me and the wood bat took a lot of power away from me too, but I really wasn't hitting the ball to right field with very much authority,'' Cook said.