lead off (plural lead offs)
- (baseball) The first batter in the batting order.
- Jones has been the team's lead off hitter for three years.
- (baseball) The first batter of an inning.
- The lead off hitter for the sixth inning is Jones.
- (baseball) The short distance that a player stands away from their current base.
lead off (third-person singular simple present leads off, present participle leading off, simple past and past participle led off)
- Used other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: see lead, off.
- The kitchen and the lounge lead off from the hallway.
- (baseball) To be the first batter of an inning.
- Jones led off the inning with a home run.
- Jones is leading off an inning for the third time in the game.
- (by extension) To be the first of any set, especially the first person in a group to speak; to launch or begin something by speaking.