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Definition of face-off

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1 : a method of beginning play (as in hockey or lacrosse) in which two opponents face each other and attempt to gain control of a puck or ball dropped or placed between them

face off

faced off; facing off; faces off

Definition of face off (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to be in or come into opposition or competition politicians facing off against each other in a televised debate

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Examples of face-off in a Sentence

Verb eager to face off with her longtime tennis rival

First Known Use of face-off


1889, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1948, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of face-off was in 1889

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“Face-off.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/face-off. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of face-off

ice hockey : a method of beginning play by dropping the puck between two players
chiefly US : a meeting of opponents : a conflict or fight


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Kids Definition of face-off

1 : a method of beginning play (as in hockey or lacrosse) in which the puck or ball is dropped between two opposing players
2 : a clashing of forces or ideas a face-off between enemies

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