pick off

pick (someone/something) off 1. to kill or shoot one person or animal at a time.

Snipers picked the soldiers off one by one.

The birds in the nest were picked off by hawks.

2. to select and attack or defeat a particular person or group.

During the race I just picked off the runners ahead of me one at a time.

We try to identify these criminal groups and pick their leaders off before they can cause too much trouble.

The Republicans picked off Democrats in Oklahoma, Alabama, and Mississippi in the last election.


New idioms dictionary. 2014.

Synonyms:
, , / , (as a marksman)


Look at other dictionaries:

  • 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 — «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… …   Useful english dictionary

  • pick off — verb 1. shoot one by one (Freq. 1) • Hypernyms: ↑shoot, ↑pip • Verb Frames: Somebody s somebody 2. pull or pull out sharply (Freq. 1) pluck the flowers off the bush …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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 — /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

  • pick-off — /pik awf , of /, n. 1. Baseball. a play in which a base runner, caught off base, is tagged out by an infielder on a quick throw, usually from the pitcher or catcher. 2. Electronics. a mechanism that senses mechanical motion and produces a… …   Universalium

  • pick off — phr verb Pick off is used with these nouns as the object: ↑shelf …   Collocations dictionary

  • pick off — {v.} 1. To pull off; remove with the fingers. * /He picked off the burs that had stuck to his overcoat./ 2. To shoot, one at a time; knock down one by one. * /The sniper picked off the slower soldiers as they came out into the road./ 3. To catch… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • pick off — {v.} 1. To pull off; remove with the fingers. * /He picked off the burs that had stuck to his overcoat./ 2. To shoot, one at a time; knock down one by one. * /The sniper picked off the slower soldiers as they came out into the road./ 3. To catch… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • pick\ off — v 1. To pull off; remove with the fingers. He picked off the burs that had stuck to his overcoat. 2. To shoot, one at a time; knock down one by one. The sniper picked off the slower soldiers as they came out into the road. 3. To catch a base… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • pick off — PHRASAL VERB If someone picks off people or aircraft, they shoot them down one by one, aiming carefully at them from a distance. [V P n (not pron)] Both groups on either side are just picking off innocent bystanders... [V n P] Any decent shot… …   English dictionary


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.