One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An act of catching a runner off base, involving a sudden throw of the ball to that base by the pitcher or catcher.as modifier ‘a pickoff play’
- ‘No major league pitcher, to our knowledge. has ever matched his feat of retiring three runners on pickoff throws in one inning’
- ‘Every inning seemed to feature runners on base, full counts, pickoff throws, pitching changes, and breaks to go wake up spectators who may have dozed off.’
- ‘But then he made a crucial mistake, making a wide pickoff throw to first base.’
- ‘When a runner gets on second against the Cubs, pitchers often use a ‘no-look’ sign and attempt a pickoff throw.’
- ‘The pitcher throws to first base on a pickoff attempt.’
2A device in the control or guidance system of an aircraft or boat which emits or alters an electrical, optical, or pneumatic output in response to a change in motion.
- ‘However, newer systems have a pickoff located directly on the drive shaft, which makes optical devices less practical.’
- ‘The generating voltmeter and capacitor pickoff signal were quiet.’
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