1 sports field
ADJ. 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 invasion Police could do nothing to stop the pitch invasion.
PREP. 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
ADJ. fever, high Excitement rose to fever pitch the day before the procession.
VERB + PITCH reach, rise to
PREP. ~ of to reach a high pitch of excitement
3 of a musical note
ADJ. 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.
PHRASES have absolute/perfect pitch (= to be able to recognize or produce any given note)
1 fall over/throw sb
ADV. violently The explosion pitched her violently into the air. | forward, headlong
PREP. from There was a loud bang and he was pitched from his seat. | into If they hit any unseen obstacle they would be pitched headlong into the snow. | out of
2 of a ship/aircraft
ADV. violently The boat pitched violently in a heavy swell.
3 set sth at a particular level
ADV. deliberately Estimates have been deliberately pitched on the conservative side.
PREP. at The test is pitched at a high GCSE standard.
PHRASES pitch sth high/low The price has been pitched quite high. Her voice was pitched low.