2. [syn: pluck, tweak, pull off, pick off]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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.
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."
3. (Football) to intercept (a pass).
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
v 1: shoot one by one
2: pull or pull out sharply; "pluck the flowers off the bush"
[syn: pluck, tweak, pull off, pick off]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
31 Moby Thesaurus words for "pick off":
charge, cock, detonate, discharge, drop, eject, fell, fire,
fire off, gun, gun for, hit, let fly, let off, load, pelt, pepper,
pistol, plug, pot, potshoot, potshot, prime, riddle, shoot,
shoot at, shoot down, snipe, strike, take a potshot, torpedo