closer

noun
clos·er | \ˈklō-zər \

Definition of closer 

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

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But this week's controversial closer had an unprecedented ending, which has since stirred an uproar. Elizabeth Wagmeister, chicagotribune.com, "'The Bachelor': ABC exec reveals the real story behind Arie's breakup and the next 'Bachelorette'," 7 Mar. 2018 Historically, deep closers have not fared well in the Belmont, so riders will seek to put their horses within a few lengths at the quarter pole. Beth Harris, Houston Chronicle, "Justify ready for run at Triple Crown history in Belmont," 9 June 2018 Put simply, George’s self-perception as a game-deciding closer has given way to a third-option reality. Ben Golliver, SI.com, "The All-Bullseye Team: Five All-Stars Facing Serious Playoff Pressure," 4 Apr. 2018 Had Gallo reached, Ryan Rua was on deck to face Craig Kimbrel — one of the nastiest closers in MLB history — in a right-vs.-right matchup. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Rangers Reaction: Were Rangers trying to save Choo’s streak by not using him to hit late?," 11 July 2018 The thing Hughes has going for him is the NL is not full of dominant closers. John Fay, Cincinnati.com, "Scooter Gennett, Eugenio Suárez are Cincinnati Reds who deserve to make NL All-Star team," 5 July 2018 James Paxton has shown his ace potential and, more importantly, has remained healthy, and Edwin Diaz is one of the best closers in the game. Michael Beller, SI.com, "Midseason Report Card: The Astros, Mariners Are the Class of the AL West," 26 June 2018 Kapler then went to his closer, who retired Evan Longoria and Brandon Crawford to end the game. Bob Brookover, Philly.com, "Aaron Nola dominates; Hector Neris rebounds | Extra Innings," 9 May 2018 But all of that said, this is a Heat team that needs closers (plural), essentially ending last season solely with Wade in that role. Ira Winderman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "ASK IRA: Would Carmelo Anthony make sense for the Heat on any level?," 7 July 2018

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First Known Use of closer

1607, in the meaning defined above

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23 Sep 2018

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closer

noun

English Language Learners Definition of closer

baseball : a pitcher who specializes in finishing games

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