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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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British Dictionary definitions for play-off

play off

verb (adverb)
1.
(transitive) usually foll by against. to deal with or manipulate as if in playing a game: to play one person off against another
2.
(intransitive) to take part in a play-off
noun
3.
(sport) an extra contest to decide the winner when two or more competitors are tied
4.
(mainly US & Canadian) a contest or series of games to determine a championship, as between the winners of two competitions
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