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play-off

[pley-awf, -of] /ˈpleɪˌɔf, -ˌɒf/
noun
1.
(in competitive sports) the playing of an extra game, rounds, innings, etc., in order to settle a tie.
2.
a series of games or matches, as between the leading teams of two leagues, in order to decide a championship:
In America the most exciting play-off is the World Series.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95; noun use of verb phrase play off
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  • The mets easily made the playoffs winning the national league wild card.
  • In the playoffs, the mets beat the san francisco giants in the first round and the st.
  • They continued to reach the playoffs but failed to be promoted.
  • The islanders needed four points to qualify for the playoffs.

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