1. old-fashioned To court or seek the affection of someone through romantic gestures or overtures. He lingered at the bar pitching woo to a woman from England. I hate this so-called holiday. Just an excuse for couple to pitch woo in public and make us single folk feel like dirt.
2. To seek the attention or favor of someone, especially through entreaties, promises, or other such inducements. The candidate went up and down the country pitching woo to clinch an unlikely election victory.
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pitch (the) woo
Inf. to kiss and caress; to woo someone. (Old but still heard.) They were out by the barn pitching woo. Old Ted can hardly see any more, but he can still pitch the woo.
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Court, make love to, flatter, as in They sat on the porch swing, pitching woo, or He's an excellent salesman, adept at pitching woo. This idiom, which may be obsolescent, uses pitch in the sense of "talk." [Slang; early 1800s]
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