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lead off

to be the first one to go or leave. You lead off. I'll follow. Mary led off and the others followed closely behind.
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lead off (with someone or something)

[for a person, process, or performance] to begin with someone or something. The musical revue led off with a bassoon trio. Sharon, the singer, will lead off tonight.
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lead someone or something off

to guide someone or something away. The guide led the hikers off on the adventure of their lives. The dog owners led off their animals and they awaited the decision of the judges.
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lead off (something)

also lead something off
to begin something The shootings led off a month-long gang war in the city. He led off the fourth inning with a home run. I'd like to lead the evening off with a poem.
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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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lead off

1. To cause something to begin or start; inaugurate something: Do you want me to lead off the discussion with some comments? The secretary led the meeting off with some announcements.
2. To guide someone or something away: The counselor led the campers off to their bunks.
3. Baseball To be the first batter in an inning: The batter who led off in the first inning scored a home run.
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After Orlando Cabrera was hit by a pitch in the first inning to extend his on-base streak to 48 games, Cain retired 15of the next 16 batters until he walked Kendry Morales to lead off the fifth inning.
The Angels started their attack early, and somewhat improbably, as Chone Figgins delivered a home run to lead off the game.
With the score tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 11th inning, Figgins singled off Crain to lead off the inning, bringing up Cabrera.
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Santana gave up a home run to Jeter to lead off the seventh, got Rodriguez on a grounder to short and was finished.
The Diamondbacks took a 4-3 lead in the sixth on a sacrifice fly by Cintron after Clark singled to lead off the inning and Shawn Green followed with a double.
Chone Figgins set the tone with a home run to lead off the game, but he was more excited about his stolen base in the seventh inning, his 50th of the season.
Jeff Cook went 2 for 4 with an RBI double and solo homer to lead off the ninth, extending hitting streak to 13 games.