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

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Instead of turning his back on her and disappearing at the first hint of responsibility, Kevin brought her closer. J. Brady Mccollough, latimes.com, "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 | Sblum@al.com, al.com, "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 Grade 3 $100,000 San Juan Capistrano Stakes: This is the traditional closer for the meet and one of the few 1¾ mile races in the country. John Cherwa, latimes.com, "Racing! Hollendorfer is kicked out of Santa Anita," 23 June 2019 The once-unhittable closer with a turbo sinker has looked vulnerable this season. Shayna Rubin, The Mercury News, "3 takeaways from A’s roller-coaster walk-off win capped by Matt Chapman home run," 21 June 2019 The closers in Saturday's race include Everfast and Master Fencer. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al.com, "Rewinding the Belmont Stakes 2019: Sir Winston wins," 8 June 2019 With the extra length, the race would seem made for late closers, but that's usually not the case. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al.com, "Rewinding the Belmont Stakes 2019: Sir Winston wins," 8 June 2019 Few teams have as deep a bullpen as LSU does, and fewer have three power-arm closers. Brody Miller, nola.com, "LSU turns to its three-closer bullpen down the stretch, maybe its deepest in years," 7 June 2019

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First Known Use of closer

1607, in the meaning defined above

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closer

noun

English Language Learners Definition of closer

baseball : a pitcher who specializes in finishing games

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