go up to bat

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go up to bat

1. In baseball, to go to home plate and try to hit the ball. Lucy, you're going up to bat first, which means Mindy is on deck. No one was expecting a bunt when their star hitter went up to bat.
2. By extension, to present oneself in order to do or attempt something. Lucy, you're going up to bat first, which means Mindy is on deck. No one was expecting a bunt when their star hitter went up to bat.
3. By extension, to act in support (of someone). Usually followed by "for someone." Since you know the recruiter, do you think you can go up to bat for me? I really need this job. Thankfully, my manager went up to bat for me when the company was looking to lay off employees.
See also: bat, go, to, up
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