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lead off

1. To take the first action in a particular situation. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "lead" and "off." I'll lead off with my concerns about the project, if you want.
2. To escort someone somewhere. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "lead" and "off." Can you please lead this group of students off to the auditorium?
3. In baseball, to bat first in a lineup. In this usage, "lead off" is a set phrase. Justin usually leads off for us. Who is leading off this inning?
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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 (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 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

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

v.
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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So why are coaches still teaching their runners to lead off third base in foul territory?
Moniot struck out to lead off the fourth inning but reached base on a wild pitch.
Upstairs, on the first-floor landing, doors lead off to the bedrooms and bathroom, while a staircase leads to the loft room.
He left after six innings with the Dodgers facing a manageable 2-1 deficit, and Wilson Betemit erased that with a solo homer to lead off the seventh after a scoreless inning by Brett Tomko.
Meanwhile, the Dodgers got a solo homer from Rafael Furcal to lead off the first inning, giving them a 1-0 lead, and the aforementioned blast by Betemit to lead off the seventh, tying the score 2-2 and saving Maddux from a loss.
Upstairs on the first floor landing doors lead off to the bedrooms and family bathroom.
But on the positive side, Ethier continued to make his case for the National League's Rookie of the Year award, tying the score 1-1 with a solo homer to lead off the second and giving the Dodgers a short-lived, 3-2 lead with a two-run blast in the third.
Figgins was eventually called upon to lead off the 10th inning as a pinch hitter and walked in front of Willits.
Ray Durham lead off by reaching first base when Adam Kennedy fielded a ground ball to his right but dropped the ball as he prepared to throw it to first base.