Baseball. a substitute who bats for a teammate, often at a critical moment of the game.
any substitute for another, especially in an emergency.
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 ]
[pinch-pen-ee] /ˈpɪntʃˌpɛn i/ noun, plural pinchpennies. 1. a miser or niggard. adjective 2. stingy; miserly; niggardly. /ˈpɪntʃˌpɛnɪ/ adjective 1. niggardly; miserly noun (pl) -nies 2. a miserly person; niggard adjective : your pinchpenny budgets noun A miser; pinch-gut, tightwad (1412+)
noun 1. a narrow pleat that is usually part of a series at the top of curtains.
noun 1. a flexible device that presses magnetic tape against the capstan in a tape recorder.
noun, Nautical. 1. Also called pilotage. an onshore office or headquarters for pilots. 2. an area in which pilot boats cruise.