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playoff

Syllabification: play·off
Pronunciation: /ˈplāˌôf
 
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Definition of playoff in English:

noun

1An additional game or period of play that decides the outcome of a tied contest: a sudden-death playoff was required to settle the tournament
More example sentences
  • We're doing okay in the league and are one of several clubs fighting for the final play-off spot.
  • It would be my first medal apart from the play-off final with Birmingham in 2002 and it would be nice to add to it.
  • But they have made it to the play-off final so they still have a good chance of joining us in League One.
1.1 (playoffs) A series of contests played to determine the winner of a championship, as between the leading teams in different divisions or leagues: Chandler was credited with taking his team to the playoffs
More example sentences
  • The prison team eventually won the playoffs and was promoted to the second league championship.
  • They went out early in the playoffs but the team is headed in the right direction.
  • If the team reaches the playoffs, it will mean the defense has raised its level of play.

Words that rhyme with playoff

lay-off, payoff

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