to throw something with a lot of force, often aiming carefully:
throw[transitive always + adverb/preposition]
She crumpled up the page and pitched it into the fire.
a) [intransitive and transitive]DSB
to aim and throw a ball in baseball
Stanton pitched to two batters in the ninth inning.
if a ball pitches in cricket or golf, it hits the ground
to hit the ball in a high curve in golf
to make the ball hit the ground when you are bowling in cricket
to fall or be moved suddenly in a particular direction, or to make someone or something do this
fall[intransitive,transitive always + adverb/preposition]
pitch (somebody/something) forward/backward/over etc
She slipped and pitched forward onto the ground.
pitch somebody/something into/onto/through etc something
Without a seatbelt, you can easily be pitched right through the windscreen.
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
set a level[transitive usually passive]
to set a speech, examination, explanation etc at a particular level of difficulty
pitch something 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) British English
to set prices at a particular level
pitch something at something
Room rates are pitched at £69 for a single.
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
aim product[transitive usually passive]
pitch something at somebody/something
The new machine will be pitched at users in the hotel and air reservation business.
pitch something as something
It is pitched as a cheaper alternative to other workstations.
to try to persuade someone to do business with you, buy something etc
business deals[intransitive and transitive] informal
pitch for business/contracts/custom etc
Booksellers are keen to pitch for school business.
For many companies, pitching to investors has become almost a full-time job.
sales reps pitching new gadgets
if you pitch your voice or another sound at a particular level, the sound is produced at that level
voice/music[transitive always + adverb/preposition]APM
pitch something high/low etc➔ high-pitched, low-pitched
Her voice is pitched a little too high.
to set up a tent or a camp for a short time:
Try and pitch your tent on level ground.
to slope down
slope[intransitive always + adverb/preposition]
pitch gently/steeply etc➔ pitched
The roof pitches sharply to the rear of the house.
11 American English 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 inphrasal verb
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.
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 British English
to start to eat hungrily:
Pitch in - there's plenty.
pitch into somebody/somethingphrasal verb
to suddenly start criticizing someone or hitting them:
She pitched into me as soon as I started to speak.
to start doing something, especially quickly and eagerly:
Rick pitched into decorating the house at once.
pitch upphrasal verb
Wait a bit longer - Bill hasn't pitched up yet.