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1 Baseball Bat first in a game or inning: Tony plays shortstop and leads off
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  • In the Braves' half of the first inning, he led off and deposited the first pitch of the game into the left field seats.
  • He hit his home run, leading off in the fourth inning.
  • He led off for the Giants, and took two fastballs to get ahead in the count.
1.1(Of a base runner) be in a position to run from a base while standing off the base.
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  • Then all of the sudden I'd hear Vin coming in clear as a bell talking about Davey Lopes leading off of first base or something, and it was like a free ice cream cone had appeared in my hand.
  • A runner leading off second looks in at the catcher's signs and then signals to the batter.
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lead-off 2 Line breaks: lead-off

adjective

1Beginning a series or a process: the album’s lead-off track
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  • Take the lead-off track from their 2003 self-titled debut EP.
  • I'd forgotten 20th Century Man, the lead-off track from this under-rated 1971 album.
  • The lead-off track finds Haggard sounding appropriately weary.
1.1 Baseball Denoting the first batter in a line-up or of an inning: Washington’s lead-off man [as adverb]: Lenny, our centrefielder, bats lead-off
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  • He strikes out the lead-off man, then walks the next three batters.
  • In the '70s the idea of a lead-off man hitting 30 home runs was preposterous.
  • The largest determination of how many runs are likely to be scored in an inning is whether or not the lead-off man reaches base.

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