- Ice Hockey the act of starting or resuming play when the referee drops the puck between two opposing players
- Informal a confrontation of persons or groups in opposition
- 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.
- A confrontation: “Marshall's face-off with Jefferson in Marbury v. Madison in 1803” (Newsweek).
- (ice hockey) The method used to begin play in ice hockey.
(plural face offs)
- (sports, chiefly ice hockey) The starting point, in a match of ice hockey. Two players face each other, for snatching the puck.
- Either an actual or a figurative face to face confrontation, especially a bitter one.
- (intransitive) To confront (each other).