Definition of face-off in English:

face-off

noun

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

    ‘last night's vice presidential face-off’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In practice the outcome of the indirect face-off between the Government and the opposition depends solely on the will of the Chief Prosecutor.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The low-profile face-off did little for either candidate.’
    • ‘Congressman, I work hard to be neutral on these issues in our face-offs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We'll have two professors here to debate that in our face-off tomorrow evening.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Two leading national education experts will be here to debate the issue of choice in our face-off.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Please join us tomorrow in our face-off, a hard-fought battle over the security and reliability of electronic voting.’
    • ‘Instead of spreading out and confronting their neighbors in hostile face-offs, foraging sanderlings bunched together in tight little flocks.’
    • ‘Tonight, a dramatic face-off is over, and it could affect the news you watch and read.’
    • ‘And which candidate has the edge going into these second rounds after 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In such a face-off, not even the teachers union would side with the board.’
    • ‘Many of you wrote about our face-off last night, debating putting a cap on medical malpractice awards.’
    • ‘People may disagree about the candidates' performances, but many found the face-off to be livelier and less scripted than they expected.’
    conflict, clash, brush, fight, battle, contest, encounter, head-to-head, engagement, tangle, skirmish, collision, meeting, duel, incident, high noon
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    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.’
      • ‘He's been described as a hard-nosed guy who skates well, wins face-offs, scores goals and finishes his checks.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Ben won the face-off and passed the puck to Nate.’
      • ‘The match was watched by Keith Hill, who dropped the puck at the first face-off to begin the game.’

Pronunciation

face-off