There are 2 main definitions of play off in English:

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play off 1

(Of two teams or competitors) play an extra match to decide a draw or tie: the top two teams would play off at Twickenham
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  • Sadly, aggregate scores counted for nothing in those days, and having won and lost a leg apiece, the teams played off.
  • The third and fourth place teams also played off, with the loser eliminated and the winner playing the loser of the one versus two game.
  • The winners of their respective matches will contest the final, while the losers will play off for the bronze medal.
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There are 2 main definitions of play off in English:

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play-off 2 Line breaks: play-off

noun

An additional match played to decide the outcome of a contest: a sudden death play-off was required to settle the tournament [as modifier]: play-off games they have faint hopes of a place in the play-offs [as modifier]: a promotion play-off place
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  • 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.

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