lead off
Date: 1806 intransitive verb begin; also to come on or perform first transitive verb 1. to make a start on ; open 2. to bat first for a baseball team in (an inning)

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  • lead off — {v.} To begin; start; open. * /Richardson led off the inning with a double./ * /We always let Henry lead off./ * /Mr. Jones led off with the jack of diamonds./ * /When the teacher asked if the film helped them to understand, Phil led off by… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • lead off — {v.} To begin; start; open. * /Richardson led off the inning with a double./ * /We always let Henry lead off./ * /Mr. Jones led off with the jack of diamonds./ * /When the teacher asked if the film helped them to understand, Phil led off by… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • lead off — (something) to begin something. The shootings led off a month long gang war in the city. He led off the fourth inning with a home run. I d like to lead the evening off with a poem …   New idioms dictionary

  • lead-off — lead′ off [[t]lid[/t]] adj. leading off or beginning • Etymology: 1885–90 …   From formal English to slang

  • lead|off — «LEED F, OF», noun, adjective. –n. 1. an act of beginning or starting something: »The chairman was responsible for the leadoff of the campaign. 2. Baseball. the first player of the batting order or the first to come to bat in an inning. –adj.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • lead-off — [ˈli:d ɔf US o:f] adj [only before noun] AmE happening or going first or before others …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • lead off — verb 1. teach immoral behavior to (Freq. 1) It was common practice to lead off the young ones, and teach them bad habits • Syn: ↑lead astray • Hypernyms: ↑corrupt, ↑pervert, ↑subvert, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • Lead off — In baseball, a lead off, or a lead for short, is the position a baserunner takes just prior to a pitch, a short distance away from the base he occupies. Lead off can also refer to that distance. A typical lead off is six to ten feet (two to three …   Wikipedia

  • lead off — phrasal verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms lead off : present tense I/you/we/they lead off he/she/it leads off present participle leading off past tense led off past participle led off to begin something by doing or saying something The… …   English dictionary

  • lead off — 1) PHRASAL VERB If a door, room, or path leads off a place or leads off from a place, you can go directly from that place through that door, into that room, or along that path. [V P n] There were two doors leading off the central room... [V P… …   English dictionary

  • lead-off — ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ adjective Etymology: lead off : leading off : starting, opening a lead off batter my lead off proposal Inez Robb the lead off essay Clifton Fadiman …   Useful english dictionary

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