force out(redirected from a force-out)
1. verb To cause someone or something to leave some place or thing. A noun or pronoun can be used between "force" and "out." If you don't leave this minute, I'll get one of the bouncers to force you out! A concussion forced their best player out of the playoffs.
2. verb In baseball, to get a runner out at the base they must advance to. (For instance, when a ball is hit, a runner on first base must advance to second base—even if a ground ball has been hit directly to the second baseman, who can then easily step on the base and get the runner out.) A noun or pronoun can be used between "force" and "out." Ugh, they forced out our best base runner at second.
3. noun In baseball, the act of getting a runner out on such a play. When used as a noun, the phrase is often hyphenated. I told our second baseman to get the force-out if the ball is hit to him.
1. To make someone or something leave by use of force or out of necessity: She was forced out of the game by a leg injury. The scandal forced him out of the company. The fire forced the animals out of the forest.
2. To cause a runner in baseball to be called out when that player cannot act in any way to prevent it: The catcher forced him out at the plate. She was forced out at second base.