face-off

noun \ ˈfās-ˌȯf \

Definition of face-off

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

First Known Use of face-off

1889


face off

verb

Definition of face off

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

Examples of face off in a Sentence

  1. eager to face off with her longtime tennis rival

First Known Use of face off

1948

face off Synonyms


FACE-OFF Defined for English Language Learners

face-off

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

noun \ ˈfās-ˌȯf \

Definition of face-off for Students

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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