go to bat for


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go to bat for (one)

To act in support of one. Since you know the recruiter, do you think you can go to bat for me? I really need this job.
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go to bat for someone

Fig. to support or help someone. I tried to go to bat for Bill, but he said he didn't want any help. I heard them gossiping about Sally, so I went to bat for her.
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go to bat for

Take the side of, support, defend. For example, Dad will always go to bat for his kids. This term originated in baseball, where it means simply substituting for another batter, but it is the idea of helping one's team in this way that has been transferred to more general use. [Slang; early 1900s]
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go to bat for

To give assistance to; defend.
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