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pick\ off
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 runner off base by throwing the ball quickly to a fielder who tags him out.

The pitcher turned around suddenly and threw to the second baseman to pick the runner off second base.

Compare: off base
4. To catch and, especially in football, to intercept.

Alert defenders picked off three of Jack's passes.

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