leadoff

[ leed-awf, -of ]
/ ˈlidˌɔf, -ˌɒf /

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.

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Origin of leadoff

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

Definition for leadoff (2 of 2)

lead-off
[ leed-awf, -of ]
/ ˈlidˌɔf, -ˌɒf /

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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British Dictionary definitions for leadoff

lead off
/ (liːd) /

verb (adverb)

to initiate the action of (something); begin

noun lead-off

an initial move or action
a person or thing that begins something
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Idioms and Phrases with leadoff

lead off

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

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