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face off1

chiefly North American Take up an attitude of confrontation, especially at the start of a fight or game: close to a million soldiers face off in the desert
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  • Ellis now found himself at Tiger Stadium for the All-Star Game, facing off against Blue in an historic matchup of minority pitchers.
  • The two teams will face off in a second game on Saturday at 2 p.m.
  • Divided into two teams of four, they face off in a game of paintball warfare in the woods.
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noun

chiefly North American
1A direct confrontation between two people or groups: last night’s vice presidential face-off
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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 of play, in which the puck is dropped by the referee 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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