pickoff

noun pick·off \ ˈpik-ˌȯf \
Updated on: 23 May 2018

Definition of pickoff

: a baseball play in which a base runner is picked off

Examples of pickoff in a Sentence

  1. He made a pickoff throw to third base.

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First Known Use of pickoff

1911

in the meaning defined above

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pick off

verb

Definition of pick off

1 : to shoot or bring down especially one by one
2 : to put out (a base runner who is off base) with a quick throw (as from the pitcher or catcher)
3 : intercept
  • picked off a pass

Examples of pick off in a Sentence

  1. picked off more passes than any other player in the division

First Known Use of pick off

1810

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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pick off Synonyms

Synonyms

block, intercept, interdict;

Related Words

capture, catch, collar, corral, grab, seize, snare, snatch, trap;


PICKOFF Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of pickoff for English Language Learners

  • baseball : a play in which a runner who is close to a base is tagged out when the pitcher or catcher quickly throws the ball to that base


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