smother

Definitions

General English

Cricket

  • verb to bring the bat well forward so as to meet the ball as soon as possible after it pitches, thus precluding the possibility of the ball rising steeply or turning sharply
    Citation ‘The deviation of the ball from its original line of flight makes forward-strokes rather unsafe unless the ball is completely smothered at the pitch’ (Ranjitsinhji 1897)
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