dust off a batter

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for a pitcher to throw a pitch at or near the batter, typically to frighten the batter or to have him stand farther away from home plate.

Etymology:

  • From the concept that a pitch thrown very close to a batter will remove some dust or dirt from the batter's uniform either by brushing against it or causing a breeze very close to it, or alternatively by the batter jumping away from the pitch to avoid being hit.
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That pitcher doesn't like the hitters too close to the plate so every once in a while he'll dust off a batter.

Submitted on July 07, 2010

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