lead with

phrasal verb

led with; leading with; leads with
1
: to begin with (something specified)
The newspaper story led with a long report on the funeral.
2
: to begin a series of punches in boxing with (a punch thrown by a specified hand)
The champion led with a left to the body, followed up quickly with a right to the jaw.

Examples of lead with in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After running in the Top 10 since the final stage’s first restart, Elliott went three-wide and took the race lead with under 40 laps left. Shane Connuck, Charlotte Observer, 15 Apr. 2024 In the fifth inning, Baty expanded the lead with a 2-run double that scored Brandon Nimmo and Francisco Lindor. Jaylon Thompson, Kansas City Star, 13 Apr. 2024 Another filmmaker might have subtracted himself in order to foreground the story, whereas Guadagnino goes big, leading with style (and a trendy score from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross). Peter Debruge, Variety, 12 Apr. 2024 The actor and philanthropist leads with kindness — and laughter! Breanne L. Heldman, Peoplemag, 10 Apr. 2024 OpenAI has touted ‘tremendous growth’ in enterprise offering Perhaps with its eye in the rear-view mirror and its foot on the gas, OpenAI, led by CEO Sam Altman, appears to be working hard to solidify its lead with corporate customers. Sharon Goldman, Fortune, 8 Apr. 2024 The Lakers ran again, this time with D’Angelo Russell zipping a pass to an open Anthony Davis for a dunk and a five-point lead with 5:35 left. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, 23 Mar. 2024 The film also led with the most nominations of any film this year. Charlotte Phillipp, Peoplemag, 29 Mar. 2024 Picture this: young talents stepping up, veterans leading with gusto, and the team uniting to defy expectations. Daniel Kohn, SPIN, 27 Mar. 2024

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“Lead with.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lead%20with. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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