playoff

noun play·off \ ˈplā-ˌȯf \
variants: or less commonly play-off

Definition of playoff

1 :a final contest or series of contests to determine the winner between contestants or teams that have tied
2 :a series of contests played after the end of the regular season to determine a championship often used in plural

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First Known Use of playoff

1895


play off

verb

Definition of play off

transitive verb
1 a :to set in opposition for one's own gain
b :to set in contrast
2 :to complete the playing of (an interrupted contest)
3 :to break (a tie) by a playoff

First Known Use of play off

1736


PLAYOFF Defined for Kids

play-off

noun \ ˈplā-ˌȯf \

Definition of play-off for Students

:a game or series of games to determine a championship or to break a tie

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