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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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The Red Sox threatened again in the seventh as Jonny Gomes led off with a double and moved to third on a Jarrod Saltalamacchia fly out to right.
Eugene tied the game in the fourth when Amaya and Polanco led off with back-to-back singles.
Becca Cordeiro scored the winning run for catcher Chelsea Campana, who led off the eighth with a single.
Eugene's Zach Davis led off the seventh with a walk, Ademan singled and Rafael Narea walked to load the bases.
Shortstop Starlin Castro led off the inning with a sharp ground ball over third base and into the left field corner for a double.
Wilson led off the second with a double and went to third on a wild pitch before scoring on Bruno's single to put the Ems ahead 3-0.
Beltre led off the inning with a double down the left-field line and scored on Jed Lowrie's double.
Anna Beth Batson led off the bottom of that inning with a walk.
Smith led off the bottom of the first with a single, stole second, and scored the first run of the game on a double play.
Nalley's homer led off the third inning and started a five-run rally that included a three-run blast by Turner which gave Marion the lead.
Mercer allowed five hits and three earned runs with three strikeouts in six innings before being relieved by Brac Warren after Michael Gretler led off the seventh with a single.
Kotchman led off the third with an opposite-field double into the left field-corner, and was bunted to third by Gonzalez.
Daniel Rosica led off with a single and was sacrificed to second before scoring on a two-out single by Luke Persico.
After Lucas Taylor led off the game with a walk and came around to score in the top of the first, the Sussex defense fell apart in the second, committing four errors.
Balta led off with a single for Oregon's first hit.