Definition of play-off in English:



  • An additional match played to decide the outcome of a contest.

    ‘a sudden death play-off was required to settle the tournament’
    as modifier ‘play-off games’
    ‘they have faint hopes of a place in the play-offs’
    as modifier ‘a promotion play-off place’
    • ‘That shocking statistic is the reason Todd's side are just on the fringe of the play-off race and not in the thick of it.’
    • ‘Now it is Morecambe who ride high in their division, pressing for a play-off place into the league.’
    • ‘But they have made it to the play-off final so they still have a good chance of joining us in League One.’
    • ‘It's important we make a strong start but at this stage we have to be setting our sights on a play-off spot.’
    • ‘The club managed to get to the play-off final a few years ago and we will be hoping to improve on last season and get into the top six.’
    • ‘We feel we are worthy of a play-off place this year and we want to push on and achieve that.’
    • ‘We also want to go up automatically as losing in the play-off final is the worst feeling ever.’
    • ‘We all know, though, that it is impossible to predict the winner once the play-off lottery kicks off.’
    • ‘It may be a bit optimistic to talk about a play-off spot, but I think that is a reasonable target.’
    • ‘Preston secured their play-off spot at the weekend and they travel to Derby who need one point to join them.’
    • ‘Anyone who can win three games in a row will probably get into a play-off spot.’
    • ‘We were in and around the play-off zone all year but couldn't push on and get ourselves right in the mix.’
    • ‘It's not that bad because we are only four points of a play-off spot so it's hardly as if we are in a poor position.’
    • ‘We're doing okay in the league and are one of several clubs fighting for the final play-off spot.’
    • ‘We could end up with a scenario in which the Republic of Ireland can lay claim to a play-off place.’
    • ‘Sven Goran Eriksson was told at the start of his quest to achieve a play-off place.’
    • ‘The main thing is that we are in the play-off position and it is now in our own hands.’
    • ‘It would be my first medal apart from the play-off final with Birmingham in 2002 and it would be nice to add to it.’
    • ‘Silsden must now win their final away match to force a play-off for the runners-up spot.’
    • ‘We were delighted to win the Cup, but the play-off match with Saints was possibly one game too far.’
    contest, competition, game, tournament, tie, cup tie, event, fixture, trial, test, test match, meet, bout, fight, duel
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