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lead off

[ leed-awf, -of ]SEE DEFINITION OF lead off
  • as infirst
  • as inintroduce
  • as inbreak the ice
  • as incommence
  • as inenter

Synonyms for lead off

  • early
  • aboriginal
  • antecedent
  • anterior
  • basic
  • beginning
  • cardinal
  • front
  • fundamental
  • head
  • inaugural
  • initial
  • key
  • leading
  • least
  • opening
  • original
  • pioneer
  • premier
  • primary
  • prime
  • primitive
  • ahead
  • elementary
  • first off
  • headmost
  • in the beginning
  • inceptive
  • incipient
  • introductory
  • number one
  • numero uno
  • primeval
  • primogenial
  • primordial
  • pristine
  • right up front
  • rudimentary
  • slightest
  • smallest
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WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, "action of leading," from lead (v.1). Meaning "the front or leading place" is from 1560s. Johnson stigmatized it as "a low, despicable word." Sense in card-playing is from 1742; in theater, from 1831; in journalism, from 1912; in jazz bands, from 1934.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR LEAD OFF

break the ice

verbprepare the way
  • be friendly and talkative
  • break ground
  • cut the first turf
  • get one's feet wet
  • lay the first stone
  • lead off
  • lead the way
  • make a start
  • oil the works
  • open the way
  • pave the way
  • set at ease
  • smooth the path
  • socialize
  • start
  • start the ball rolling
  • take the plunge
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