nounchiefly North American
- 1A direct confrontation between two people or groups: last night’s vice presidential face-offMore example sentences
- 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.More example sentences
- 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.
More definitions of face-offDefinition of face-off in:
- The US English dictionary