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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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Torii Hunter led off the sixth with a home run over the Monster seats.
The Emeralds pushed the lead to 5-2 in the sixth when Tyler Payne led off with a double and scored on a single by Bruno.
Milton, who by then had settled into some semblance of a groove, led off the fifth with a single up the middle.
Randy Winn led off the ninth with a grounder to the right of Kent, who got a glove on it but couldn't hold on.
Boise got a run back in the bottom of the first when Carlos Herrera led off with a double and scored on a single by Kevin Padlo.
Furcal then led off the bottom of the first with a home run.
Eugene tied the score at 1-1 when Vince Belnome led off the second inning with a solo home run.
Martin scored easily, snapping a 2-2 tie that had existed only since Wilson Betemit had led off the inning with a home run.
Carroll led off the inning with a double to center and went to third on a single by Angel Mercado.
Furcal led off the third inning with a double, but was thrown out trying to steal third as Drew struck out.
Ichiro Suzuki led off the game with a soft liner that Izturis caught.