[feys-awf, -of]
noun Ice Hockey.
the act of facing the puck, as at the start of a game or period.
an open confrontation.

1895–1900; noun use of verb phrase face off

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

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face-off definition

  1. n.
    a confrontation. (From hockey.) : The face-off continued for a few moments till both of them realized that there was no point in fighting.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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The soroban's biggest moment was in its face-off against an electric calculator.
Consider some of the key characteristics of today's political face-off.
Inadvertent whistle will result in a face-off at the face-off spot closest to where the ball was in play.
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