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- (sports, chiefly ice hockey) The starting point, in a match of ice hockey. Two players face each other, for snatching the puck.
- Either an actual or a figurative face to face confrontation, especially a bitter one.
2009 March 12, “Jim Cramer On "Daily Show": Jon Stewart Hits Hard”, in HuffingtonPost/AP:
- Jon Stewart hammered Jim Cramer and his network, CNBC, in their anticipated face-off on "The Daily Show."
to face off (phrasal verb)