from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A method of starting play in ice hockey, lacrosse, and other games in which an official drops the puck or ball between two opposing players who contend for its control.
  • n. A confrontation: "Marshall's face-off with Jefferson in Marbury v. Madison in 1803” ( Newsweek).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A confrontation or argument between two people or groups
  • n. The start of play, when two players try to get control of the puck dropped by the referee

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a hostile disagreement face-to-face
  • n. (ice hockey) the method of starting play; a referee drops the puck between two opposing players


1889, face +‎ off. (Wiktionary)



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