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Definition of Casey at the Bat from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

Casey at the Bat

 
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a popular US poem (1888) by Ernest Lawrence Thayer, about a great baseball player who fails. Casey has a chance to win the game but he strikes out (= fails to hit the ball three times and is dismissed). The poem ends:
And somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout;But there is no joy in Mudville – Mighty Casey has struck out.