Definition of pickoff in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpikˌôf/ /ˈpikˌäf/


The putout of a runner leading off base, involving an unexpected throw to a base by the pitcher or the catcher while the batter is still at bat.
Example sentences
  • No major league pitcher, to our knowledge. has ever matched his feat of retiring three runners on pickoff throws in one inning
  • But then he made a crucial mistake, making a wide pickoff throw to first base.
  • Every inning seemed to feature runners on base, full counts, pickoff throws, pitching changes, and breaks to go wake up spectators who may have dozed off.

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Syllabification: pick·off

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