Definition of face-off in English:


Syllabification: face-off


chiefly North American
1A direct confrontation between two people or groups: a face-off for the championship title
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  • Now imagine that instead of a bilateral face-off, the next cold war will be a nuclear free-for-all.
  • Instead of spreading out and confronting their neighbors in hostile face-offs, foraging sanderlings bunched together in tight little flocks.
  • Please join us tomorrow in our face-off, a hard-fought battle over the security and reliability of electronic voting.
1.1 Ice Hockey The start or a restart of play, in which the referee drops the puck between two opposing players.
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  • He said the referee had dropped the puck to start the face-off when two other opposing players had started to fight.
  • The match was watched by Keith Hill, who dropped the puck at the first face-off to begin the game.
  • Ben won the face-off and passed the puck to Nate.

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