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  1. a method by which a game is restarted after a stoppage. Two opposing players stand with the ball between them and alternately strike their sticks together and against the ground three times before trying to hit the ball
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verb bully off
  1. (intr, adverb) to restart play after a stoppage with a bully-off
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Often shortened to: bully
Compare face-off

Word Origin

C19: perhaps from bully scrum in Eton football; of unknown origin
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Historical Examples

  • At exactly eleven, the center forwards, Blossom and Veronica, began the bully-off.

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    Angela Brazil