Definition of Pick off

1. Verb. Shoot one by one.

Generic synonyms: Pip, Shoot

2. Verb. Pull or pull out sharply. "Pluck the flowers off the bush"
Exact synonyms: Pluck, Pull Off, Tweak
Generic synonyms: Draw, Force, Pull
Related verbs: Draw Away, Draw Off, Pull Off
Specialized synonyms: Tweeze
Derivative terms: Tweak

Definition of Pick off

1. Verb. (literally) To remove by picking. ¹

2. Verb. To shoot one by one. ¹

3. Verb. To dispose of tasks, obstacles, opponents etc. one by one. ¹

4. Verb. (baseball) To throw out a runner by tagging them whilst they are not in contact with any of the three bases or home plate. ¹

5. Verb. To intercept, such as a ball in flight. ¹

6. Noun. (baseball) An instance of throwing out a batter leading off base. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Pick Off

pick-up joint
pick-up lines
pick 'n' mix
pick and place
pick and roll
pick apart
pick at
pick bodies
pick corners
pick holes
pick of the litter
pick off (current term)
pick on
pick one's nose
pick out
pick out of a hat
pick over
pick six
pick sixes
pick someone's brain
pick through
pick up line
pick up on
pick up speed
pick up stitches

Literary usage of Pick off

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

1. The Story of Cuba: Her Struggles for Liberty: The Cause, Crisis and Destiny by Murat Halstead (1897)
"... Sacrifices his Life to Save that of Campos—Maceo does not Permit his Sharpshooters to pick off Campos—Maceo's Humanity to the Wounded. ..."

2. A Cyclopædic Dictionary of the Mang'anja Language Spoken in British Central by David Clement Ruffelle Scott (1892)
"... ku, то OFEN UP something keeping shut ; one's hand, a lid, &c., also to pick off anything adhering : also ..."

3. The Early History of the Maumee Valley by John Elstner Gunckel (1902)
"... and at such a height that " he could pick off our men as they went to the river to wash." So perfect was the aim of this Indian that he killed one man, ..."

4. The London Encyclopaedia, Or, Universal Dictionary of Science, Art by Thomas Tegg (1829)
"Constantly pick off geranium leaves as they decay more than any others, ... Cauliflower plants must hare air while the weather is mild, and pick off dead ..."

5. A Dictionary of the Language of Mota, Sugarloaf Island, Banks' Islands, with by Robert Henry Codrington, John Palmer (1896)
"Pit, to take up or off with the tips of the fingers, pick, pluck ; pit о nai, o gire, nau о mm. pick off from the bunch; divide, pluck apart, with fingers, ..."

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