pick off


pick off
verb
1. shoot one by one (Freq. 1)
Hypernyms: ↑shoot, ↑pip
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s somebody

2. pull or pull out sharply (Freq. 1)
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pluck the flowers off the bush

Syn: ↑pluck, ↑tweak, ↑pull off
Derivationally related forms: ↑tweak (for: ↑tweak)
Hypernyms: ↑pull, ↑draw, ↑force
Hyponyms: ↑tweeze
Verb Group: ↑draw off, ↑draw away, ↑pull off
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Something ——s something

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I. transitive verb
1. : to remove by plucking

picked the dog hairs off his coat

2.
a. : to shoot or bring down singly or selectively

picked off his pursuers as they emerged from the pass

wolves trailed the herd to pick off stragglers

had time to reload and pick off first one single, then the other — W.G.Means

b. : to catch (a base runner) off base with a quick throw by either the pitcher or the catcher that often results in a put-out
II. transitive verb

picked off a pass

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pick off
1. To kill selectively, or one by one, by shooting with great accuracy, usu from a distance
2. To detach and remove
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Main Entry:pick

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ˌpick ˈoff [transitive] [present tense I/you/we/they pick off he/she/it picks off present participle picking off past tense picked off past participle picked off] phrasal verb
to shoot people, animals, or aircraft one by one by aiming at them carefully from a distance
Thesaurus: to shoot someone or somethingsynonym types of gun and general words for gunhyponym
Main entry: pick

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pick off [phrasal verb]
1 pick off (someone or something) or pick (someone or something) off : to aim at and shoot (someone or something)

The hunters hid by the stream and waited to pick off deer as they passed.

A sniper was picking off soldiers from the top of the building.

2 pick off (someone) or pick (someone) off baseball : to cause (a player who is standing close to a base) to be tagged out by making a quick throw

The runner on second base was picked off by the catcher.

The pitcher almost picked her off with a quick throw to first base.

— see also pickoff
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Main Entry:pick

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

Synonyms:
, , / , (as a marksman)


Look at other dictionaries:

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  • pick off — ► pick off shoot (one of a group) from a distance. Main Entry: ↑pick …   English terms dictionary

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  • pick off — 1. verb a) An attempt to throw out a runner leading off a base. The pitcher attempted to pick off the runner at first, but he was safe. b) Successfully picking off a runner. The pitcher picked off the runner to get an out …   Wiktionary

  • pick off — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms pick off : present tense I/you/we/they pick off he/she/it picks off present participle picking off past tense picked off past participle picked off to shoot people, animals, or aircraft one by one by aiming at …   English dictionary

  • pick·off — /ˈpıkˌɑːf/ noun, pl offs [count] US baseball : a play in which a runner who is close to a base is tagged out when the pitcher or catcher quickly throws the ball to that base He made a pickoff throw to third base. see also pick off at ↑pick, 1 …   Useful english dictionary

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