- (ice hockey) the method of starting a game, in which the referee drops the puck, etc between two
- a confrontation
verb face off adverb
- to start play by (a face-off)
Example Sentences Including 'face-off'
Cassie Campbell, a Canadian Olympic women's hockey champion, took part in a ceremonial opening face-off.
Ottawa Sun (2003)
From S. S. Ray's comeback bid to Kamal Nath's proxy fight to a feudal face-off in Vadodara, a report on ten of the more notable tussles.
India Today (1996)
He also said that although he would love to take me up on the offer of a three-lap face-off , he doesn't have the time.
Sun, News of the World (2004)
The proud boy from Stone Row - his name was Lais Motega Mohammad - called the signal for the chukka's second face-off.
The Broken God
There was a dramatic face-off , but the Poles refused to be drawn into having a fight.
HIT `EM HARD: Jack Spot, King of the Underworld (2002)
They took the opening face-off last night with 26 wins and 58 points, second best in the NHL.
Edmonton Sun (2003)
We follow, coming upon a duo having a face-off on their bottoms in a drive by the British Library.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
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