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first; coming or going first
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leading off or beginning.


(ˈlidˌɔf, -ˌɒf)

1. an act that starts something; start; beginning.
2. of or denoting the first baseball player in the batting order or the first player to bat in an inning.
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Wisconsin took the first lead of the night, 1-0, on Brent Diaz's third inning lead-off homer.
Pirates starter Paul Maholm was unable to pitch around a first-inning lead-off walk to Jacoby Ellsbury, who came in to score on a ground out by Kevin Youkilis.
McConnell ran the lead-off and had overtaken the Brazilians in the outside lane at the top bend to hand over to Donna Fraser.