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Definition of pickoff

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

pick off

picked off; picking off; picks off

Definition of pick off (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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

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Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of pickoff in a Sentence

Noun He made a pickoff throw to third base. Verb picked off more passes than any other player in the division
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun So far, players say, the pickoff rule has succeeded in sparking more steal attempts, though many of those attempts have resulted in runners thrown out. Alex Putterman, courant.com, "Automatic strike zone? Stealing first base? New Britain Bees at center of baseball experimentation," 22 July 2019 Plesac walked Victor Reyes to begin the game, then erased him with his MLB-leading fifth pickoff. Brian Dulik, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers limited to one hit in 8-0 loss vs. 4 Cleveland pitchers," 17 July 2019 Ramirez advanced two bases on an errant pickoff throw by Newcomb. sun-sentinel.com, "Marlins stun Braves with four runs in ninth inning and walk-off sac fly in 10th," 11 Aug. 2019 Iglesias then threw a pickoff attempt into the camera well, sending Trout to second. , Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati.com, "Raisel Iglesias roughed up in the eighth in 5-1 Cincinnati Reds loss to the Angels," 26 June 2019 Atlantic League announce 4 new rules: Pitcher required to step off the rubber in order to attempt a pickoff. 1 foul bunt is permitted with 2 strikes before strikeout is called. Khadrice Rollins, SI.com, "Atlantic League Player Makes History in First Successful Steal of First Base," 14 July 2019 The pickoff and failure to execute a two-strike bunt in the third inning reminded everybody why the Sox only have nine victories. David Haugh, chicagotribune.com, "Willson Contreras' huge day exposes big-as-ever gap between Cubs and White Sox," 11 May 2018 Fancy footwork Indians rookie RHP Zach Plesac leads the majors with five pickoffs in 48 innings, the most recent Tuesday on Tigers OF Victor Reyes. Brian Dulik, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers suffer 17 strikeouts in loss at Cleveland, 7-2," 17 July 2019 Ramirez threw a pickoff throw to Pujols at first base. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Things get testy as Astros fall to Angels," 17 July 2019

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First Known Use of pickoff


1911, in the meaning defined above


1810, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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26 Sep 2019

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The first known use of pickoff was in 1810

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English Language Learners Definition of pickoff

US, 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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