pickoff

noun
pick·​off | \ ˈpik-ˌȯf How to pronounce pickoff (audio) \

Definition of pickoff

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

pick off

verb
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 Wells, known for his control in his rise through the minors, walked Baddoo to open his outing then advanced him to second with a throwing error on a pickoff attempt. Nathan Ruiz, baltimoresun.com, 30 July 2021 With runners on first and third, Quintana threw away a pickoff attempt, allowing Elvis Andrus to score. Ethan Sears, Los Angeles Times, 29 July 2021 Robbie Grossman jammed a finger while sliding into first base on a pickoff attempt in Wednesday’s game against Texas. Dana Gauruder, Detroit Free Press, 9 July 2021 Lopez advanced to second on an errant pickoff attempt and to third on a wild pitch. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, 2 July 2021 Moments later, shortstop Dominic Carnes flashed his glove, alerting pitcher Tyler Sileo for a pickoff attempt at second base. Eric Sondheimer Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 16 June 2021 The offense kept churning in the second as Bradley Zimmer beat out an infield single, took second on Dunn’s errant pickoff throw and came around to score on singles by Amed Rosario and Jose Ramirez for a 4-0 lead. Paul Hoynes, cleveland, 11 June 2021 Hampson later scored when Miley made an errant pickoff throw to first base. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, 15 May 2021 Blackmon advanced to second on an errant pickoff throw from Reyes before Garrett Hampson lined out to end the inning. David Solomon, Star Tribune, 8 May 2021

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First Known Use of pickoff

Noun

1911, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1810, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of pickoff was in 1810

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3 Aug 2021

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“Pickoff.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pickoff. Accessed 3 Aug. 2021.

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pickoff

noun

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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