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View synonyms for lead-off

lead-off

[ leed-awf, -of ]

adjective

  1. leading off or beginning:

    the lead-off item on the agenda.



lead off

/ liːd /

verb

  1. to initiate the action of (something); begin


noun

  1. an initial move or action
  2. a person or thing that begins something
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Word History and Origins

Origin of lead-off1

First recorded in 1885–90; adj. use of verb phrase lead off
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Idioms and Phrases

Begin, start, go first. For example, We have a panel of three speakers, so will you lead off? [c. 1800]
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Example Sentences

Defense attorney Tom Mesereau proudly spoke about the strength of his lead-off witness, Wade Robson.

Four wild balls put the lead-off man of Centralia on first with no one out.

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Definitions and idiom definitions from Dictionary.com Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

Idioms from The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.

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