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pinch-hit

1. To bat in place of another player in a baseball game. Let Ben pinch-hit—he's a better hitter than Paul, and you really need to knock in some runs here.
2. By extension, to substitute for or replace another person in any endeavor. I have a doctor's appointment this afternoon, so I need you to pinch-hit for me on the conference call.

pinch-hit for someone

 
1. Fig. to bat for someone else in a baseball game. Wally Wilson will pinch-hit for Gary Franklin. Rodney Jones is pinch-hitting for Babe DiMaggio.
2. Fig. to substitute for someone in any situation. Bart will pinch-hit for Fred, who is at another meeting today. Who will pinch-hit for me while I am on vacation?
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Kent update: As for Kent's injury, he appeared to be improving on Thursday, although he still was available only to pinch hit.
With two outs in the top of the sixth inning of UCLA's 5-4 victory over Georgia last Saturday, Peterson, a seldom-used freshman infielder, was called upon to pinch hit and hopefully extend the season.
Steve Finley (sore right hamstring) didn't start for the fourth consecutive game but pinch hit in the ninth.
Anderson was available to pinch hit and should be able to serve as the designated hitter today.
He leads the majors with 16 pinch hits, 10 pinch-hit walks and six pinch hit doubles.
And when we are not in the "lineup," someone else has to pinch hit for us -- there is no off season