face-off

[feys-awf, -of]
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; noun use of verb phrase face off

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face-off
 
n
1.  ice hockey the method of starting a game, in which the referee drops the puck, etc between two opposing players
2.  a confrontation
 
vb
3.  to start play by (a face-off)

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