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Can’t I have a pinch hitter to take me home?
Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  baseball:  to bat in place of another player

or generally:  to fill in for another
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Notes:
The batter who is replaced is not permitted to return to the game. See the Wikipedia link for an interesting discussion including double switches.

The word "pinch" is used as in the expression, "In a pinch (desperate situation)..."

"Pinch hit" is a noun while "pinch-hit" is a transitive verb.
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  • Can’t I have a pinch hitter to take me home?
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • Evil, because it would not pinch-hit for your self-respect?
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • I need you to pinch-hit for us.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • If your friend Klein, whom I don’t trust too much, will pinch-hit for you here a couple of afternoons, you can go and have an excursion.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March

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  • Francisco Aguilar pinch hit for Mario Ontiveros, who as a pinch runner had replaced Ricardo.
    W. William Winokur  --  The Perfect Game
  • Billy Benzberg went to the plate to pinch-hit.
    W. William Winokur  --  The Perfect Game
  • Fred Schweer was sent in to pinch-hit for Robert Brown.
    W. William Winokur  --  The Perfect Game
  • I know that Gramps can’t be that late-inning pinch hitter I’d hoped for.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • Independence is the recognition of the fact that yours is the responsibility of judgment and nothing can help you escape it-that no substitute can do your thinking, as no pinch-hitter can live your lifethat the vilest form of self-abasement and self-destruction is the subordination of your mind to the mind of another, the acceptance of an authority over your brain, the acceptance of his assertions as facts, his say-so as truth, his edicts as middle-man between your consciousness andů
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
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Associated words [difficulty]:   pinch-hit [8] , designated hitter [9] , infield fly rule [9]
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