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pick-off

[ pik-awf, -of ]
/ ˈpɪkˌɔf, -ˌɒf /
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noun
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

pick off

verb
(tr, adverb) to aim at and shoot one by one
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Other Idioms and Phrases with pick-off

pick off

Shoot after singling out, as in The hunter picked off the ducks one by one. [Early 1800s]

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