Meaning of face-off in English:

face-off

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noun

  • 1North American A direct confrontation between two people or groups.

    ‘last night's vice presidential face-off’
    • ‘Now imagine that instead of a bilateral face-off, the next cold war will be a nuclear free-for-all.’
    • ‘Instead of spreading out and confronting their neighbors in hostile face-offs, foraging sanderlings bunched together in tight little flocks.’
    • ‘Please join us tomorrow in our face-off, a hard-fought battle over the security and reliability of electronic voting.’
    • ‘And which candidate has the edge going into these second rounds after last night's vice presidential face-off?’
    • ‘Congressman, I work hard to be neutral on these issues in our face-offs.’
    • ‘At that point the face-off will turn on which campaign can mount the best low-budget endeavor and which candidate can thrive in an environment dominated by debates and media coverage.’
    • ‘People may disagree about the candidates' performances, but many found the face-off to be livelier and less scripted than they expected.’
    • ‘The low-profile face-off did little for either candidate.’
    • ‘Missiles are the true relics of the cold war; they have no operative military role in the absence of a face-off of the superpowers.’
    • ‘Many of you wrote about our face-off last night, debating putting a cap on medical malpractice awards.’
    • ‘In such a face-off, not even the teachers union would side with the board.’
    • ‘We'll have two professors here to debate that in our face-off tomorrow evening.’
    • ‘Two leading national education experts will be here to debate the issue of choice in our face-off.’
    • ‘Tonight, a dramatic face-off is over, and it could affect the news you watch and read.’
    • ‘In practice the outcome of the indirect face-off between the Government and the opposition depends solely on the will of the Chief Prosecutor.’
    • ‘After initial qualifying, the team sprint takes the form of a face-off, pitting one team against another racing on the opposite side of the track.’
    • ‘That said, in spite of a nagging sense that everyone is going through the motions, this still raises the blood pressure from time to time, particularly in the face-offs between the characters.’
    • ‘The face-off between the management and employees of the company began when a new worker unknowingly opened a window in an area where a steam machine is used to dry finished textile materials.’
    • ‘Of course, the climax is the face-off between Obi-Wan and Darth Vader that we've been waiting for since Episode I, and it will meet every one of your expectations.’
    • ‘Creatively, this adds a heightened amount of tension to the timed face-off, as a win crushes the morale of your foes, while a loss ends your game immediately.’
    conflict, clash, brush, fight, battle, contest, encounter, head-to-head, face-off, engagement, tangle, skirmish, collision, meeting, duel, incident, high noon
    1. 1.1Ice Hockey The start of play, in which the puck is dropped by the referee between two opposing players.
      ‘He said the referee had dropped the puck to start the face-off when two other opposing players had started to fight.’
      • ‘The match was watched by Keith Hill, who dropped the puck at the first face-off to begin the game.’
      • ‘Ben won the face-off and passed the puck to Nate.’
      • ‘The Ottawa Senators won the face-off and passed the puck to the point man on the blue line, who slapped the puck at Hasbro.’
      • ‘He's been described as a hard-nosed guy who skates well, wins face-offs, scores goals and finishes his checks.’