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face-off

[feys-awf, -of] /ˈfeɪsˌɔf, -ˌɒf/
noun, Ice Hockey.
1.
the act of facing the puck, as at the start of a game or period.
2.
an open confrontation.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900; noun use of verb phrase face off
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British Dictionary definitions for face-off

face-off

noun
1.
(hockey:Ice) the method of starting a game, in which the referee drops the puck, etc between two opposing players
2.
a confrontation
verb (adverb)
3.
to start play by (a face-off)
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Slang definitions & phrases for face-off

face-off

noun

Confrontation, esp one before action: continuing face-off and stalemate

[1896+; the date reflects use in hockey and lacrosse, where play begins with players scrabbling for the puck or ball]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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