face off

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English[edit]

A face off in ice hockey.

Noun[edit]

face off (plural face offs)

  1. (sports, chiefly ice hockey) The starting point, in a match of ice hockey. Two players face each other, for snatching the puck.
  2. 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”, HuffingtonPost/AP:
      Jon Stewart hammered Jim Cramer and his network, CNBC, in their anticipated face-off on "The Daily Show."

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Verb[edit]

to face off (phrasal verb)

  1. (intransitive) To confront (each other).
    • 2009 Feb 22, Ruaridh Nicoll, “Behind the demise”, The Observer:
      When Bank of Scotland and RBS faced off in that epic battle for NatWest ...