- Baseball) to put out a baserunner who is off base by
tagging him/her, especially by a quick throw from the
pitcher or catcher.
2. to shoot so as to kill or disable, especially one by one from a position or in a situation where the target is unable to return fire at the shooter; -- used commonly of sniper fire. ``The sniper picked off a dozen passersby from the tower before he was shot down by police.'' [PJC]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.
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