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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."
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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

pinch hitter

1. In baseball, a batter who substitutes for someone else. Their pinch hitter ended up hitting a grand slam and winning the game for them!
2. By extension, anyone who acts a s a substitute, especially at the last minute or in an emergency. Because the attorney assigned to the case is so close to having her baby, they asked me to be a pinch hitter in case she gives birth before the trial is over.
See also: hitter, pinch

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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The moment the hitter moves out of the cage and starts doing all his hitting in live BP, he will start developing bad habits or lose a little bit of his timing, possibly taking something off his grooved swing.
Turner is a middle blocker, and Lopez is an outside hitter.
Heavy Hitter Sales Wisdom provides field sales generals and sales soldiers with tons of strategy, persuasion techniques, and common-sense approaches to winning the hearts and minds of prospects.
You can fool a hitter once with an off-speed pitch, but if you come back to it, you'll get hurt.
All good hitters must take their hands into a trigger loading, launching position.
Not only did we receive the top heavy hitters awards in both markets, we also had the entire Dallas and Denver teams recognized, which is almost unheard of.
Another left-handed hitter,'' JetHawks manager Bill Plummer said with a crusty chuckle as he sat at his office desk Thursday afternoon, drawing up hypothetical lineups in anticipation of Drew's imminent arrival.
Unless the batter is a tremendous hitter and the coach does not want to forfeit his offensive threat, this would be the ideal time to employ a strategy that could very well induce the pitcher into throwing that fourth ball.
Sponsored by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) and the Los Angeles Dodgers, the popular Power Hitter event is a hitting contest to see who can hit a baseball the furthest and most accurate.
Another drill I use is designed to develop all hitters in each of the rotations.
Baseball superstars of tomorrow stood at home plate today at Dodger Stadium to compete in the Power Hitter finals, sponsored by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (DWP) and the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Going into Monday's game against High Desert, left-handed hitters were batting .
Veteran baseball people have an attitude about bunting: They feel that only slap hitters with minimum power should ever try to drag-bunt.
It's not as effective against left-handed hitters because it breaks into the low-inside portion of the plate, typically the hot zone for most left- handed power hitters.
Flooding is the tactic of having two hitters run routes into the zone of one blocker.