Definition of play off in English:

play off

  • (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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