Face-off



[feys-awf, -of] /ˈfeɪsˌɔf, -ˌɒf/

noun, Ice Hockey.
1.
the act of facing the puck, as at the start of a game or period.
2.
an open confrontation.
noun
1.
(hockey:Ice) the method of starting a game, in which the referee drops the puck, etc between two opposing players
2.
a confrontation
verb (adverb)
3.
to start play by (a face-off)

noun

Confrontation, esp one before action: continuing face-off and stalemate

[1896+; the date reflects use in hockey and lacrosse, where play begins with players scrabbling for the puck or ball]

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