Definition of pipe-opener in English:



  • 1A period of exercise taken as a warm-up.

    1. 1.1An introductory or preliminary event, typically in a sports contest.
      • ‘The 2002 triathlon season began with the usual pipe-opener, the long-established Liam Ball Triathlon in Derry.’
      • ‘Adding to the golf mania in the month will be the Ryder Cup at the Belfry, a real pipe-opener for Mt. Juliet.’
      • ‘Sure to have benefitted from that pipe-opener, Dancing Mystery can show his rivals a clean pair of heels in tomorrow's valuable curtain-raiser.’
      • ‘The eight-year-old bounced back in tremendous form last season and will be all the better for a recent all-weather pipe-opener.’
      • ‘Scene, a course winner, who seems to excel in big fields, has a better chance than most, especially after a recent pipe-opener on the sand to banish winter cobwebs.’