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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? 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?
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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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Keep a record of the number of times you see a groundball hit directly at a runner leading off third base.
Shows the company's chief executive in a andid, congenial pose, preferably leading off the letter to shareholders.
On a narrow cobbled alley leading off the High Street, in sight of St Paul on one hand and a very handsome Georgian terrace on the other, an austere new house adds another fragment of architectural interest.
The Otters then took a 2-1 lead on a solo home run by Ryan Long leading off the sixth, but that was all Chase Cunningham allowed in seven strong innings, striking out five in the contest and leaving in line for the win when the Miners rallied back.
Leading off from the kitchen is a cosy dining area.
Byrd gave up a single to Chone Figgins leading off the game, but then retired six in a row, and the game was 0-0 going into the top of the third inning.
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The Trust's mission is "to provide leadership, education, and advocacy to save America's diverse places and revitalize our communities." Leading off with a detailed 3-page story on San Diego's historic warehouse district, the newsletter follows with a 1-page illustrated article on Atlanta's South Fulton Scenic Byway, a page of state and local news briefs, a list of deadlines and publications, Newsmakers, a calendar of events, and a list of member anniversaries.
The ThunderBolts threatened against the Miners' bullpen in the late innings- they put the tying runs on base leading off the eighth against Jordan Brink, but could not score as the reliever struck out three in a row.