bottom of the ninth

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bottom of the ninth

The final and critical moment or moments of a tense, important, or desperate situation. It refers to the ninth inning of baseball, the "bottom" of which is batted by the home team as their last chance to win the game. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. It came down to the bottom of the ninth, but I managed to finish my report in time for the big meeting.
See also: bottom, of
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July 8, 1941: Ted Williams of the Red Sox hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth with two outs off Chicago Cubs pitcher Claude Passeau to give the American League a 7-5 victory.
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