closer

noun
clos·​er | \ ˈklō-zər How to pronounce closer (audio) \

Definition of closer

: one that closes especially : a relief pitcher who specializes in finishing games

Examples of closer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One of their closers, Rob Dibble, threw high-90s heat and was known for an intense, scowling presence on the mound. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "That time Al Kaline 'suckered' Tom Selleck in 1991. Here's what happened," 8 Apr. 2020 There has been little job security for Cubs closers over the years, though Craig Kimbrel may be the exception to the rule after signing a three-year, $43 deal with an option for 2022. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "Cubs closers come and go, but Mitch Williams, Carlos Marmol, Turk Wendell and others will never be forgotten," 9 June 2019 Older voters, who often choose not to disclose their ballots beforehand, generally are likelier to defend the value of closers, saves and longevity. Dennis Lin, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Trevor Hoffman awaits another Hall of Fame announcement," 23 Jan. 2018 Britton, another 31-year-old left-hander, was among baseball’s top closers in 2015 and ’16, then was slowed by a forearm injury in 2017 and tore his right Achilles tendon during an offseason workout. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Yankees hope rested relievers key to postseason success," 8 Oct. 2019 Bradley believes his arbitration case stemmed from the disconnect between the actual value of a non-closer and the value of such a pitcher in the anachronistic arbitration process. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Arizona Diamondbacks reliever Archie Bradley says arbitration win helps move needle for non-closers," 21 Feb. 2020 Gordon, who has a base salary of $5.6 million in the fifth and final year of his rookie deal, was seeking an extension with a annual average closer to $13 million. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, "Chargers’ Melvin Gordon says few cared about his holdout: ‘It was all about Zeke’," 4 Oct. 2019 Saric will likely remain a starter with Bridges as the closer with Baynes in the mix. Duane Rankin, azcentral, "New father Ricky Rubio has big night in Phoenix Suns' win over New York Knicks," 16 Jan. 2020 Debate organizers might have considered offering caffeinated beverages to the participants but perhaps decided that coffee is for closers. James Freeman, WSJ, "Doesn’t Anybody Want To Be President?," 15 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of closer

1607, in the meaning defined above

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“Closer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/closer. Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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closer

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English Language Learners Definition of closer

baseball : a pitcher who specializes in finishing games

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