Definition of playoff in English:



  • 1An additional game or period of play that decides the outcome of a tied contest.

    ‘a sudden-death playoff was required to settle the tournament’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's important we make a strong start but at this stage we have to be setting our sights on a play-off spot.’
    • ‘We could end up with a scenario in which the Republic of Ireland can lay claim to a play-off place.’
    • ‘The main thing is that we are in the play-off position and it is now in our own hands.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We were in and around the play-off zone all year but couldn't push on and get ourselves right in the mix.’
    • ‘Preston secured their play-off spot at the weekend and they travel to Derby who need one point to join them.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Anyone who can win three games in a row will probably get into a play-off spot.’
    • ‘But they have made it to the play-off final so they still have a good chance of joining us in League One.’
    • ‘Sven Goran Eriksson was told at the start of his quest to achieve a play-off place.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It may be a bit optimistic to talk about a play-off spot, but I think that is a reasonable target.’
    • ‘We're doing okay in the league and are one of several clubs fighting for the final play-off spot.’
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    1. 1.1playoffs A series of contests played to determine the winner of a championship, as between the leading teams in different divisions or leagues.
      ‘Chandler was credited with taking his team to the playoffs’
      • ‘Ipswich, without a win in three games, have found the play-offs coming at a bad time.’
      • ‘We have a couple of games in hand and that could count in our favour, as we aren't that many points away from the play-offs.’
      • ‘However, now that we are just a couple of points outside the play-offs, we have a really good opportunity.’
      • ‘They went out early in the playoffs but the team is headed in the right direction.’
      • ‘The prison team eventually won the playoffs and was promoted to the second league championship.’
      • ‘We haven't been at our best and to drop out of the play-offs at this late stage of the season is a bitter pill to swallow.’
      • ‘Last year we got to the play-offs but never really looked like going up.’
      • ‘For the team to make the playoffs, the offensive line has to play well in the running game.’
      • ‘City are three points off the final play-off spot with six games to go.’
      • ‘As it is, it looks as though they will just fall short of the play-offs.’
      • ‘We are a big club and will be the biggest club in the League One play-offs and all eyes will be on us.’
      • ‘If the team reaches the playoffs, it will mean the defense has raised its level of play.’
      • ‘Your form going into the last two months is important and if you win most of your last ten games you are in good form for the play-offs.’
      • ‘The league is over, so it's all about the play-offs and the Cup Final for London now.’
      • ‘I think four wins from our last six games would definitely get us in the play-offs - and that is our aim.’
      • ‘It would mean a lot for me as well as I have been here quite a while now and I have got to the play-offs before but not quite made it further.’
      • ‘Now we have to kick on and try and secure a position in the play-offs.’
      • ‘That was supposedly a bad season so who's to say we can't have that little bit of luck and reach the play-offs.’
      • ‘It was okay, but at the end of the day our target at the start of the season was to get into the play-offs and we didn't achieve that.’
      • ‘We are 12 points adrift of the play-offs and that's going to be a real long shot.’