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[feys-awf, -of]
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noun Ice Hockey.
  1. the act of facing the puck, as at the start of a game or period.
  2. an open confrontation.
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Origin of face-off

First recorded in 1895–1900; noun use of verb phrase face off
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  1. ice hockey the method of starting a game, in which the referee drops the puck, etc between two opposing players
  2. a confrontation
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verb face off (adverb)
  1. to start play by (a face-off)
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