face–off

play
noun \ˈfās-ˌȯf\

Definition of face–off

  1. 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

  2. 2 :  confrontation

First Known Use of face–off

1889


FACE–OFF Defined for English Language Learners

face-off

play
noun

Definition of face–off for English Language Learners

  • ice hockey : a method of beginning play by dropping the puck between two players

  • : a meeting of opponents : a conflict or fight


FACE–OFF Defined for Kids

face–off

play
noun \ˈfās-ˌȯf\

Definition of face–off for Students

  1. 1 :  a method of beginning play (as in hockey or lacrosse) in which the puck or ball is dropped between two opposing players

  2. 2 :  a clashing of forces or ideas a face-off between enemies

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