Definition of face-off in English:

face-off

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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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