Definition of Lead off

1. Verb. Teach immoral behavior to. "It was common practice to lead off the young ones, and teach them bad habits"

2. Verb. Set in motion, cause to start. "Begin a new chapter in your life"
Exact synonyms: Begin, Commence, Start
Specialized synonyms: Jump-start, Jumpstart, Recommence, Inaugurate, Introduce, Usher In, Set Off, Commence, Embark On, Start, Start Up
Causes: Begin, Start
Related verbs: Begin
Derivative terms: Beginner, Beginning, Commencement, Start, Start, Start
Antonyms: End

Definition of Lead off

1. Noun. (baseball) The first batter in the batting order. ¹

2. Noun. (baseball) The first batter of an inning. ¹

3. Verb. (baseball) To be the first batter of an inning. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Lead Off

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lead off (current term)
lead on
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Literary usage of Lead off

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides, Henry Dale, Thomas Arnold (1873)
"... and then lead off tho army, no longer by f !.. saino route as they had intended; but in tho opposite direction to where tho Syracusans ..."

2. The Twenty-fourth Regiment, Massachusuetts Volunteers, 1861-1866, "New by Alfred Seelye Roe (1907)
"time we received orders to lead off the rest of the fleet, following the gunboats. We accordingly started, but as we had a schooner and a large raft in tow, ..."

3. The Encyclopaedia of Sport by Frederick George Aflalo, Hedley Peek (1897)
"Guard for Left Hand Lead-off at the Head—Raise the right hand in front of the left ... Guard and Counter with Left Hand on the Lead-off at the Head with the ..."

4. The American Cyclopaedia: A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge edited by George Ripley, Charles Anderson Dana (1883)
"The main point in striking a first blow, or " lead-off," is to deliver the blow without any "show" or warning, and so quickly that the opponent cannot ..."

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