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lead-off

[leed-awf, -of] /ˈlidˌɔf, -ˌɒf/
adjective
1.
leading off or beginning:
the lead-off item on the agenda.
Origin of lead-off
1885-1890
1885-90; adj. use of verb phrase lead off

leadoff

[leed-awf, -of] /ˈlidˌɔf, -ˌɒf/
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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