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[pley-awf, -of] /ˈpleɪˌɔf, -ˌɒf/
(in competitive sports) the playing of an extra game, rounds, innings, etc., in order to settle a tie.
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 of play-off
1890-95; noun use of verb phrase play off Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Then Dad came on the screen with a record player in front of them, and gave them a play-off of my interview with Leo Belsher.

    Four-Day Planet Henry Beam Piper
  • And then for him to play-off like he did, and say he was calling at a neighbor's!

    Motor Matt's Clue Stanley R. Matthews
  • Aristophanes referred to Cheropho as "Socrates' bat," a play-off on Minerva and her bird of night, the owl.

  • Just one mistake, made by “Fred” Merkle, resulted in this play-off game.

    Pitching in a Pinch Christy Mathewson
  • When Jimenez was ready, Rainsford pressed the play-off button, and for a minute the recorder gave a high, wavering squeak.

    Little Fuzzy Henry Beam Piper

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