Face-off meaning

fās'ôf', -ŏf'
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.
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A confrontation.
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The act of starting or resuming play when the referee drops the puck between two opposing players.
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A confrontation of persons or groups in opposition.
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(ice hockey) The method used to begin play in ice hockey.
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A confrontation or argument between two people or groups.

It's unclear which side will win the latest face-off between the President and Congress.

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(ice hockey) The start of play, when two players try to get control of the puck dropped by the referee.
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(sports, chiefly ice hockey) The starting point, in a match of ice hockey. Two players face each other, for snatching the puck.
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Either an actual or a figurative face to face confrontation, especially a bitter one.
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(intransitive) To confront (each other).
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Origin of face-off

1889, face +‎ off.