1 toss, throw, cast, fling, hurl, heave, sling, fire, launch, shoot, send, let fly, Cricket bowl, Colloq chuck, peg, lob, Brit bung:
He rolled the paper into a ball and pitched it into the basket.
2 erect, raise, set or put up, position, fix, place:
We ought to pitch the tent in a level area.
3 plunge, fall (headlong), dive, drop, plummet, (take a) nosedive:
I caught my toe on the kerb and pitched forward onto the pavement.
4 Chiefly nautical toss about, lurch, plunge, flounder, go head over heels, go keel over truck, US pitchpole or pitchpoll:
The wind reached force ten as we pitched and rolled and yawed in the heavy seas
5 pitch in. contribute, cooperate, help, assist, Colloq chip in:
Everyone pitched in to make the church fair a success.
6 pitch into.
(a) attack, lay into, assail, lash out at, abuse, rail against, Colloq lace into, tear into, jump down (someone's) throat, jump on:
Reggie's wife really pitched into him about going out with other women.
(b) attack, assault, set upon, belabour, Colloq light into, sail into, tear into:
They pitched into each other and fought like Kilkenny cats.
7 pitch on or upon. determine, decide on, select, pick, choose, opt for, elect, nominate, name, Colloq light on:
They pitched on Carrie to be the best candidate for treasurer.
tar, bitumen, asphalt:
Peter patched potholes with pitch.
1 sports field
all-weather, grass, non-turf, synthetic | waterlogged | cricket, hockey, football, rugby
VERB + PITCH
invade, run onto
The pitch was invaded by angry fans.
PITCH + NOUN
Police could do nothing to stop the pitch invasion.
off the ~
The players have just come off the pitch. Negotiations about his transfer are continuing off the pitch.
| on a/the ~
He was the best player on the pitch today.
2 strength of feeling
Excitement rose to fever pitch the day before the procession.
VERB + PITCH
reach, rise to
to reach a high pitch of excitement
3 of a musical note
high, low | correct
The instrument is not tuned to the correct pitch.
VERB + PITCH
fall in, rise in
Her voice fell slightly in pitch as she grew older.
have absolute/perfect pitch
(= to be able to recognize or produce any given note)verb
1 fall over/throw sb
The explosion pitched her violently into the air.
| forward, headlong
There was a loud bang and he was pitched from his seat.
If they hit any unseen obstacle they would be pitched headlong into the snow.
| out of
2 of a ship/aircraft
The boat pitched violently in a heavy swell.
3 set sth at a particular level
Estimates have been deliberately pitched on the conservative side.
The test is pitched at a high GCSE standard.
pitch sth high/low
The price has been pitched quite high. Her voice was pitched low.
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