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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

verb bully off

(intr, adverb) to restart play after a stoppage with a bully-off
Often shortened to: bully
Compare face-off

Word Origin for bully-off

C19: perhaps from bully scrum in Eton football; of unknown origin
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Examples from the Web for bully-off

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

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