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Related to lead off: led 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?
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.
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.
to be the first one to go or leave. You lead off. I'll follow. Mary led off and the others followed closely behind.
Begin, start, go first. For example, We have a panel of three speakers, so will you lead off? [c. 1800]
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.