pitch1 [ pıtʃ ] noun **
▸ 1 how high/low sound is
▸ 2 strength of emotion etc.
▸ 3 something you say to persuade
▸ 4 a throw of the ball
▸ 5 black sticky substance
▸ 6 slope of roof etc.
▸ 7 ship/aircraft movement
▸ 8 in climbing
▸ 9 high hit in golf
▸ 10 sports field
▸ 11 on street
1. ) singular or uncount the high or low quality of a musical note
a ) uncount someone's ability to play or sing exactly the right musical note
b ) uncount the high or low quality of a sound:
pitch of: Many actors have been trained to lower the pitch of their voice.
2. ) singular or uncount the level or degree of activity or of someone's emotions:
rise to/reach a pitch: Excitement and enthusiasm rose to fever pitch.
The fighting between the supporters of the two groups reached a new pitch.
a ) a level of development:
high pitch: Expertise in these techniques was already at a high pitch.
3. ) count the things you say to persuade someone to buy something or support you:
sales pitch: People are very wary of the obvious sales pitch.
make a pitch (for something): She only had ten minutes to make her pitch for the contract.
4. ) count a throw of the ball by the PITCHER in baseball:
The pitch was high and outside.
5. ) uncount a thick black sticky substance used on roofs and ships to stop water from getting through
6. ) singular or uncount the slope of something such as a roof:
The roof had a steep pitch.
7. ) count a sudden movement in which an aircraft or ship moves up and down
8. ) count in climbing, an area crossed by people using the same rope
9. ) pitch or pitch shot count in golf, a high hit, especially one onto the GREEN that does not roll far when it lands
10. ) count BRITISH a sports field
11. ) count BRITISH a place where someone stands to sell something or to entertain people in the street
pitch 2 [ pıtʃ ] verb **
▸ 1 aim talk etc. at group
▸ 2 fall suddenly
▸ 3 throw with force
▸ 4 make sound high/low
▸ 5 try to sell/persuade
▸ 6 about ship/aircraft
▸ 7 hit ball high in golf
▸ 8 when ball hits ground
1. ) transitive to make a speech, explanation, job, etc. appropriate for people who are a particular age, level of ability, etc.:
He pitched the level just right.
pitch something at/toward/for someone: Her book is pitched at teenagers.
a task pitched at the weaker members of the group
a ) to design something so that you can sell it to a particular group of people:
pitch something at/toward: These new homes will be pitched at the upper end of the market.
2. ) intransitive pitch into/down/forward etc to fall suddenly in a particular direction: PLUNGE:
He tripped and pitched head first into the water.
3. ) transitive to throw something using a lot of force: FLING:
He picked up a rock and pitched it.
pitch something into/over/across etc. something: Jan pitched her books over the fence and climbed over after them.
a ) intransitive or transitive to throw the ball to a BATTER in the game of baseball:
Davis pitched an inning last night for the Jacksonville Suns.
b ) transitive pitch someone down/into/forward etc. if an animal or moving object pitches someone somewhere, it throws them there suddenly:
The horse reared and pitched its rider to the ground.
4. ) transitive to make a sound at a particular level:
pitch something high/low: Her voice was pitched confidentially low.
5. ) transitive to try to sell something by saying how good it is:
Bayliss was able to pitch his invention frequently on television.
pitch something to someone: He had tried to pitch the series to all the major network bosses.
a ) to try to persuade someone to give you some work, a business deal, etc.:
pitch for: Our company is pitching for the support contract.
6. ) intransitive if a ship or aircraft pitches, it moves up and down suddenly
7. ) transitive in golf, to hit a ball high and with BACKSPIN, so that it does not roll very far when it lands
8. ) intransitive if a ball pitches in golf, it hits the ground
pitch someone a line/yarn AMERICAN INFORMAL
to tell someone something that may not be completely true, especially as an excuse
pitch a tent/pitch camp
to make a tent or camp ready to use
`pitch a,gainst phrasal verb transitive often passive INFORMAL
pitch someone against someone to make someone fight or compete against someone else:
He was pitched against Kennedy in the battle for the party leadership.
,pitch `in phrasal verb intransitive INFORMAL
1. ) to join with other people in doing a job:
If we all pitch in, we can finish today.
2. ) to give your opinion, ideas, etc. during a conversation:
pitch in with: My brother pitched in with an offer to loan us some money.
,pitch `into phrasal verb transitive INFORMAL
1. ) pitch someone into something to put someone in a new situation, especially when they were not expecting it:
The incident had pitched him into the national headlines.
2. ) pitch into someone to start attacking or criticizing someone
,pitch `out phrasal verb transitive INFORMAL
pitch someone out to force someone to leave a place, organization, etc.:
He was pitched out of office last year after a series of blunders.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.


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