pick|off

pick|off «PIHK F, -OF», noun.
1. a baseball play in which a runner is caught off base by a sudden throw from the pitcher or catcher: »

They proved that a perfect pickoff at first could be foozled not once but again (New York Times).

2. an offensive play in basketball in which one player blocks a defensive man in order to free another player, guarded by that man, for a pass.
3. an electronic device that detects geometric changes in a pattern and responds to them with a signal. Pickoffs are used especially in automation.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • Pick off — Pick off, v. t. 1. (Baseball) to put out a baserunner who is off base by tagging him/her, especially by a quick throw from the pitcher or catcher. [PJC] 2. to shoot so as to kill or disable, especially one by one from a position or in a situation …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pick off — transitive verb Date: 1810 1. to shoot or bring down especially one by one 2. to put out (a base runner who is off base) with a quick throw (as from the pitcher or catcher) 3. intercept < picked off a pass > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • Pick — (p[i^]k), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Picked} (p[i^]kt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Picking}.] [OE. picken, pikken, to prick, peck; akin to Icel. pikka, Sw. picka, Dan. pikke, D. pikken, G. picken, F. piquer, W. pigo. Cf. {Peck}, v., {Pike}, {Pitch} to throw.] 1 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pick operating system — Company / developer Don Nelson, Dick Pick, TRW Programmed in Assembly language Initial release 1965 (GIRLS), 1973 (Reality Operating System) Marketing target Business data processing Available …   Wikipedia

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  • Pick — Pick, n. [F. pic a pickax, a pick. See {Pick}, and cf. {Pike}.] 1. A sharp pointed tool for picking; often used in composition; as, a toothpick; a picklock. [1913 Webster] 2. (Mining & Mech.) A heavy iron tool, curved and sometimes pointed at… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Pick hammer — Pick Pick, n. [F. pic a pickax, a pick. See {Pick}, and cf. {Pike}.] 1. A sharp pointed tool for picking; often used in composition; as, a toothpick; a picklock. [1913 Webster] 2. (Mining & Mech.) A heavy iron tool, curved and sometimes pointed… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pick Up the Phone Booth and Die — (1996) is a minimalist piece of interactive fiction by Rob Noyes. As the title suggests, you die when you pick up the phone booth. However, the game can be won, and in just one move. The puzzle was a finalist for the 1997 XYZZY Award for Best… …   Wikipedia


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