lead-off

[leed-awf, -of]
adjective
leading off or beginning: the lead-off item on the agenda.

Origin:
1885–90; adj. use of verb phrase lead off

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leadoff

[leed-awf, -of]
noun
1.
an act that starts something; start; beginning.
2.
Baseball. the player who is first in the batting order or who is first to bat for a team in an inning.

Origin:
1890–95; noun use of verb phrase lead off

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Example sentences
Left field and leadoff are concerns, too, but they can be filled internally.
He swings and misses way too much, especially for a leadoff hitter, and he doesn't draw enough walks to make up for it.
All runways have high-intensity runway center lights and taxiway leadoff lights, and the surfaces are grooved to enhance safety.
All runways have high-intensity edges, center lights and taxiway leadoff lights.
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