leadoff

[leed-awf, -of]

noun

an act that starts something; start; beginning.
Baseball. the player who is first in the batting order or who is first to bat for a team in an inning.

Origin of leadoff

First recorded in 1890–95; noun use of verb phrase lead off

lead-off

[leed-awf, -of]

adjective

leading off or beginning: the lead-off item on the agenda.

Origin of lead-off

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