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In baseball, to return to one's current base and touch one's foot to it until a fly ball is caught by a fielder, after which the baserunner may attempt to run to the next base. He ran back and was barely able to tag up before the ball landed in the midfielder's mitt.
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To return to and touch a base with one foot before running to the next base after a fielder has caught a fly ball: The runner ran back, tagged up at first base, and then continued on to second.
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