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also play-off  (plā′ôf′, -ŏf′)
n. Sports
1. A final game or series of games played to break a tie.
2. A series of games played to determine a championship.
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Noun1.playoff - any final competition to determine a championship
playoff game - one game in the series of games constituting a playoff
contest, competition - an occasion on which a winner is selected from among two or more contestants
World Series - series that constitutes the playoff for the baseball championship; "we watched the World Series on TV"
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Another Filipino, Sharyl de los Santos, drew a first round bye and advanced against Lebanon's El Khouri Ata in a match being played at presstime.
Macmillan Academy (Middlesbrough) dlesbrough) hit the road to take on Thirsk School and VI Form College (Hambleton and Richmond), while Trinity Catholic College (Middlesbrough) are straight through to round two after receiving a first round bye.
In the doubles competition, Fatma is paired with Russian Olga Doroshina and the top seeds were given a first round bye.
Murray, who faces American Paul Goldstein in round two having received a first round bye, said: "After a few days' rest I should be feeling good.
Pierce, who received a first round bye on her debut at the indoor Bell Challenge tournament, avoided a three-match losing streak and moved into the quarter-finals with a 6-4 7-6 (7/4) second-round victory over Iveta Benesova of the Czech Republic.
The British fifth seed received a first round bye and didn't have to play in the second round yesterday when opponent Magnus Larsson withdrew from the pounds 1.
Hendry, who beat Gary Ponting 5-2, was one of six men to receive a first round bye to the disgust of some lesser lights.
AFC West: Winners Denver get first round bye and have home field advantage throughout play-offs.
According to information received from South Korea, where the tournament is underway, Fatma Al Nabhani, who enjoyed a first round bye, was in terrific form as she stormed past the Japanese girl in straight sets.
Having received a first round bye, they led 10-5 at one stage in the quarter-final tie, but couldn't match Lincs over the second half of the match.