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pitch in

Date: Dec 24 2009

Themes: Holidays


1. Quote - Listen to the quote and guess what the slang means.

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“The best gift I ever got was a toy plane when I was 8. My mother and sister pitched in and got it for me even though it was expensive.”

- John Travolta on his favorite Christmas present. (Good Housekeeping)


1. Definition - Study the definition.

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do something or give something (such as money) to help a person, group, or cause

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

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In this year’s Christmas catalog from the luxury department store Neiman Marcus, you can purchase an airplane for $250,000. Can you imagine how many people would have to contribute, or pitch in, in order to afford a gift like that? Plus, how would you fit it under the Christmas tree?

John Travolta has been obsessed with planes and flying since he was a little boy. When he was eight years old, his mother and sister pitched in to get him a fancy toy plane for Christmas. It meant so much to him that he remembers that toy as the best Christmas gift he’s ever gotten, even though he now owns and flies real planes.

Contributing money in order to buy something isn’t the only way to pitch in. You can also pitch in and help somebody get something done. You’ve probably pitched in by helping a friend move, or by helping your roommate clean up. At Christmastime, some people get in the holiday spirit by pitching in at a homeless shelter, serving a warm meal to those in need.

Have you ever pitched in on a gift for someone? What is the best holiday gift you’ve gotten?


1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

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“I really need some help this weekend. Do you think you could pitch in a little?”

“Let’s all pitch in and get Mom something really nice for Christmas.”

“Jake pitched in and helped take care of his little sister when his mother was sick.”

“If we all pitch in, we’ll get the cleaning done faster.”


1. Winners - See who guessed the slang definition correctly.

_enigma_ to cooperate or to set to work...
by _enigma_
fedorame to pitch in means to take part in I guess
by fedorame
bought it together
by fitria.risa
contributed or shared a part of the total amount or expenses
by periwinkle.chic
Timmon when u try harder, do all your best, u pitch in.
by Timmon
chomo to join in and help with an activity, by doing some of the work or by giving money....:)
by chomo
Happiness* to pitch in = to cooperate or contribute.
by Happiness*
bistraxx get down to work, clutch at
by bistraxx

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Oh yeah,for sure…Once I pitched in to my friend…She had a very old motorola mobile and I had a better nokia mobile,then I gave her this one and I bought a newest nokia,so she was pretty happy because now she had a used but new and better one ;)

Hummm in 2007 and gave myself a good gift,it was christmastime…So I change my old car for a good car ;)

01:08 PM Dec 31 2009 |





04:20 PM Dec 29 2009 |



I like help others

but I think if I have a nice job,I can give more help to others

09:41 AM Dec 29 2009 |



I always pitch in everything for make happy everyday.

01:00 AM Dec 25 2009 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of

my friends and I pitch in poor students to be successful in their study, we encourage them, take them to trip to increase their motive.
I think it is part of human tasks to make others happy and help them.

08:46 PM Dec 24 2009 |




I often pitch in and buy my friends something incredible for christmas.

I pitch in when I clean the house together with my mum …


04:39 PM Dec 24 2009 |




Yap! I always pitch in on my friend's birthday, and they do the same for me as well.

That's really nice.

01:14 PM Dec 24 2009 |



United States

all the people pot here))) pitch in and buy me a ticket to Canada)))

10:17 AM Dec 24 2009 |



i often pitched in help somebady,and i got happy too.


07:51 AM Dec 24 2009 |


United Arab Emirates

My close friends pitched in and bought me my birthday gift! "Pitch In" Interesting word to learn.. I like the word, everyday I learn new thing with English Baby.. :-)

07:48 AM Dec 24 2009 |



Share or contribute to get something done!

04:52 AM Dec 24 2009 |



Saudi Arabia

What they mean by  Pitch in " ?!! It seems like somthing wrong!! isnt it?

03:09 AM Dec 24 2009 |




if  we  pitch  it   , every thing will be  o k  soon.

02:50 AM Dec 24 2009 |

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