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English definition of “lead off (something)”

lead off (something)

verb phrasal verb with lead  /lid/ ( past tense and past participle led  /led/) us  
to be the first of a series of people to do something: "Who’s the first speaker in the sales conference?" "Sally is leading off." The 1998 expedition led off a series of annual ocean experiments.
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