face-off

[ feys-awf, -of ]
/ ˈfeɪsˌɔf, -ˌɒf /

noun Ice Hockey.

the act of facing the puck, as at the start of a game or period.
an open confrontation.

Nearby words

  1. face-centered,
  2. face-centred,
  3. face-harden,
  4. face-lift,
  5. face-nail,
  6. face-plant,
  7. face-saver,
  8. face-saving,
  9. face-to-face,
  10. facebar

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

face-off

noun

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

verb face off (adverb)

to start play by (a face-off)
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