[ pik-awf, -of ]
/ ˈpɪkˌɔf, -ˌɒf /
Baseball. a play in which a base runner, caught off base, is tagged out by an infielder on a quick throw, usually from the pitcher or catcher.
Electronics. a mechanism that senses mechanical motion and produces a corresponding electric signal.
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Origin of pick-off
First recorded in 1935–40; noun use of verb phrase pick off
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British Dictionary definitions for pick-off
(tr, adverb) to aim at and shoot one by one
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Idioms and Phrases with pick-off
Shoot after singling out, as in The hunter picked off the ducks one by one. [Early 1800s]
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