pitch1 W3 [pıtʃ] n
1¦(sports field)¦
2¦(strong feelings/activity)¦
6¦(black substance)¦
[Sense: 1-5, 7-9; Date: 1400-1500; Origin: PITCH2]
[Sense: 6; Origin: Old English pic, from Latin pix]
a marked out area of ground on which a sport is played
= ↑field
football/cricket/rugby etc pitch
the world-famous Wembley football pitch
He ran the length of the pitch and scored.
on the pitch
(=playing a sport)
Jack was on the pitch for his school in the Senior Cup Final.
2.) ¦(STRONG FEELINGS/ACTIVITY)¦ [singular, U]
a strong level of feeling about something or a high level of an activity or a quality
The controversy reached such a pitch (=become so strong) that the paper devoted a whole page to it.
a pitch of excitement/excellence/perfection etc
(=a high level of excitement etc)
He screamed at her in a pitch of fury.
The goal roused the crowd to fever pitch (=a very excited level) .
3.) ¦(MUSIC)¦
a) [singular, U]
how high or low a note or other sound is
Ultrasonic waves are at a higher pitch than the human ear can hear.
b) [U]
the ability of a musician to play or sing a note at exactly the correct level
She's got perfect pitch .
4.) ¦(PERSUADING)¦ informal
the things someone says to persuade people to buy something, do something, or accept an idea
an aggressive salesman with a fast-talking sales pitch
make a/sb's pitch (for sth)
(=try to persuade people to do something)
He made his strongest pitch yet for standardized testing in schools.
5.) ¦(BASEBALL)¦
a throw of the ball, or a way in which it can be thrown
His first pitch was high and wide.
a black, sticky substance that is used on roofs, the bottoms of ships etc to stop water coming through
The night was as black as pitch (=very dark) .
an up and down movement of a ship or an aircraft
the pitch and roll of the ship
8.) ¦(SLOPE)¦ [singular, U]
the degree to which a roof slopes or the sloping part of a roof
the steep pitch of the roof
a place in a public area where someone who sells things to people goes to sell things or where an entertainer goes to sell things or perform
We found the boy at his usual pitch at the bottom of the Acropolis.
queer sb's pitch/queer the pitch for sb atqueer3
pitch 2
pitch2 v
2¦(ball games)¦
5¦(set a level)¦
6¦(aim product)¦
7¦(business deals)¦
9 pitch a tent/pitch camp
11 pitch somebody a line
Phrasal verbs
 pitch in
 pitch into somebody/something
 pitch up
[Date: 1100-1200; Origin: Origin unknown]
1.) ¦(THROW)¦ [T always + adverb/preposition]
to throw something with a lot of force, often aiming carefully
She crumpled up the page and pitched it into the fire.
2.) ¦(BALL GAMES)¦
a) [I and T]
to aim and throw a ball in baseball
pitch to
Stanton pitched to two batters in the ninth inning.
if a ball pitches in ↑cricket or golf, it hits the ground
c) [T]
to hit the ball in a high curve in golf
d) [T]
to make the ball hit the ground when you are ↑bowling in ↑cricket
3.) ¦(FALL)¦ [I,T always + adverb/preposition]
to fall or be moved suddenly in a particular direction, or to make someone or something do this
pitch (sb/sth) forward/backward/over etc
She slipped and pitched forward onto the ground.
pitch sb/sth into/onto/through etc sth
Without a seatbelt, you can easily be pitched right through the windscreen.
4.) ¦(SHIP/PLANE)¦ [I]
if a ship or an aircraft pitches, it moves up and down in an uncontrolled way with the movement of the water or air
→↑roll2 (4), ↑yaw
5.) ¦(SET A LEVEL)¦ [T usually passive]
a) to set a speech, examination, explanation etc at a particular level of difficulty
pitch sth at a high level/the right level etc
The projects were pitched at a number of different levels.
Some questions were pitched too high for intermediate students.
b) [i]BrE to set prices at a particular level
pitch sth at sth
Room rates are pitched at £69 for a single.
6.) ¦(AIM PRODUCT)¦ [T usually passive]
to aim a product at a particular type of organization, group of people etc, or to describe it in a particular way, in order to sell it
pitch sth at sb/sth
The new machine will be pitched at users in the hotel and air reservation business.
pitch sth as sth
It is pitched as a cheaper alternative to other workstations.
7.) ¦(BUSINESS DEALS)¦ [I and T] informal
to try to persuade someone to do business with you, buy something etc
pitch for business/contracts/custom etc
Booksellers are keen to pitch for school business.
pitch to
For many companies, pitching to investors has become almost a full-time job.
sales reps pitching new gadgets
8.) ¦(VOICE/MUSIC)¦ [T always + adverb/preposition]
if you pitch your voice or another sound at a particular level, the sound is produced at that level
pitch sth high/low etc
Her voice is pitched a little too high.
9.) pitch a tent/pitch camp
to set up a tent or a camp for a short time
Try and pitch your tent on level ground.
10.)¦(SLOPE)¦ [I always + adverb/preposition]
to slope down
pitch gently/steeply etc
The roof pitches sharply to the rear of the house.
11.) pitch sb a line
AmE informal to tell someone a story or give them an excuse that is difficult to believe
She pitched me some line about a bomb scare on the metro.
pitch in phr v
1.) to join others and help with an activity
If we all pitch in, we'll have it finished in no time.
pitch in with
Everyone pitched in with efforts to entertain the children.
2.) to join others and pay part of the money towards something
They all pitched in and the money was collected within a few days.
3.) BrE to start to eat hungrily
Pitch in - there's plenty.
pitch into / [pitch into sb/sth] phr v
1.) to suddenly start criticizing someone or hitting them
She pitched into me as soon as I started to speak.
2.) to start doing something, especially quickly and eagerly
Rick pitched into decorating the house at once.
pitch up phr v
to arrive somewhere
= ↑turn up
Wait a bit longer - Bill hasn't pitched up yet.

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