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See also: faceoff and face off


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1889, face +‎ off.



face-off (plural face-offs)

  1. A confrontation or argument between two people or groups
    It's unclear which side will win the latest face-off between the President and Congress.
    • 2012 May 31, Tasha Robinson, “Film: Review: Snow White And The Huntsman”, in (Please provide the book title or journal name)[1]:
      Huntsman starts out with a vision of Theron that’s specific, unique, and weighted in character, but it trends throughout toward generic fantasy tropes and black-and-white morality, and climaxes in a thoroughly familiar face-off.
  2. (ice hockey) The start of play, when two players try to get control of the puck dropped by the referee

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