lead off(redirected from lead them off)
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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 away from their current place or position. 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? A: "Where's Adam?" B: "He just led off the first tour group."
3. In baseball or softball, to bat first in a lineup. Justin usually leads off for us. Who is leading off this inning?
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
Begin, start, go first. For example, We have a panel of three speakers, so will you lead off? [c. 1800]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.