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’
- ‘When a runner gets on second against the Cubs, pitchers often use a ‘no-look’ sign and attempt a pickoff throw.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The pitcher throws to first base on a pickoff attempt.’
- ‘No major league pitcher, to our knowledge. has ever matched his feat of retiring three runners on pickoff throws in one inning’
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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