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

Definition of closer

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

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His favorability rating has since risen, and with dozens of toss-up House and Senate races, Republicans’ need to energize Mr. Trump’s core supporters has turned him into the party’s political closer. Janet Hook, WSJ, "Republicans Pin Hopes on Trump Rallies," 1 Nov. 2018 After watching revered music veterans Janet Jackson and Jennifer Lopez exude flashes of brilliance during their respective sets, Salt-N-Pepa -- penciled in as the night's closers -- quashed any questions of rust with their robust performance. Carl Lamarre, Billboard, "Salt-N-Pepa Bring the '90s Back With a Fun-Filled Medley at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards," 20 May 2018 All elite closers can strike you out, and Knebel certainly fits that bill. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "2018 Milwaukee Brewers: 3 reasons to believe, 3 reasons to worry," 27 Mar. 2018 Craig Kimbrel is one of the best closers of his generation, leading his league in saves four times and posting a 1.91 ERA over his nine-year career. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "Dodgers vs. Red Sox: What to Watch for in the World Series," 23 Oct. 2018 These days, the traditional roster composition of seven starters and two closers on a nine-man pitching staff is becoming the exception rather than the rule. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Aces may be more important than ever in fantasy baseball," 13 Mar. 2018 Those are some solid players, but outside of a few closers, none has made a huge difference. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Trade deadline countdown has fantasy owners looking for this year's J.D. Martinez," 27 June 2018 Since May 11, when Hector Neris blew his second save in a span of six days, Kapler has eschewed the practice of using a traditional closer. Scott Lauber,, "Bullpen implodes in ninth inning as Phillies lose to Cubs," 6 June 2018 Several contenders need closers, Iglesias has a team-friendly contract. Paul Daugherty,, "Morning Line: Baseball is all about adjusting. So, adjust to the adjustment.," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of closer

1607, in the meaning defined above

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baseball : a pitcher who specializes in finishing games

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