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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The horses in the second and third posts, Everfast and Master Fencer, respectively, are deep closers, and their jockeys likely won't be concerned with making an early dash. Mark Inabinett |,, "Rewinding the Belmont Stakes 2019: Sir Winston wins," 8 June 2019 One, the Padres have a knack for producing ace closers out of scratch. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: What’s up with Padres? Thoughts on Tatis, possible Yates trade & more," 7 June 2019 Will Smith: Last-place teams don’t have much use for All-Star closers. John Shea,, "MLB second-half storylines: Giants could do Bumgarner a favor by trading him," 13 July 2019 The Angels recalled right-hander Taylor Cole to replace Allen, who was one of the sport’s most dominant closers from 2014-17. Maria Torres,, "Angels’ Cody Allen designated for assignment amid ongoing struggles," 15 June 2019 Analysts initially valued the networks at $20 billion to $22 billion, though more recent projections put the total at closer to $10 billion, without YES. Scott Soshnick,, "Michael Dell Invests in Yankees' YES Network Buyback," 8 Mar. 2019 Instead of turning his back on her and disappearing at the first hint of responsibility, Kevin brought her closer. J. Brady Mccollough,, "USC’s Kevin Porter Jr. chases NBA dream to honor a father he barely knew," 16 June 2019 Cody Greenhill and Tanner Burns will be two great closers for AU to have this weekend. Sam Blum |,, "Breaking down UNC-Auburn Super Regional," 7 June 2019 If the Preakness had more than an extra quarter-mile, closers Everfast and Owendale might’ve put a scare into War of Will on Saturday. Stephen Whyno, The Seattle Times, "Preakness winner War of Will likely to run in Belmont," 19 May 2019

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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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