pitch upon

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pitch upon (third-person singular simple present pitches upon, present participle pitching upon, simple past and past participle pitched upon)

  1. To choose, to pick, to fix one's choice on something or someone.
    • 1649, Cromwell, Letter to William Lenthall
      The place pitched upon was that part of the Town-wall next a Church called St. Mary's; which was the rather chosen because we did hope that if we did enter and possess that Church, we should be the better able to keep it against their horse and foot until we could make way for the entrance of our horse; [...]
    • 1722, Defoe, Moll Flanders
      With these arguments, and having thus acquainted my husband with the whole secret so far as was needful of him, we resolved to go and seek a settlement in some other colony, and at first thoughts, Caroline was the place we pitched upon.
    • 1773, Oliver Goldsmith, She Stoops to Conquer
      Depend upon it, child, I'll never control your choice; but Mr. Marlow, whom I have pitched upon, is the son of my old friend, Sir Charles Marlow, of whom you have heard me talk so often.