[ feys-awf, -of ]
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nounIce Hockey.
  1. the act of facing the puck, as at the start of a game or period.

  2. an open confrontation.

Origin of face-off

First recorded in 1895–1900; noun use of verb phrase face off

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British Dictionary definitions for face-off


  1. ice hockey the method of starting a game, in which the referee drops the puck, etc between two opposing players

  2. a confrontation

verbface off (adverb)
  1. to start play by (a face-off)

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