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1. 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.
2. A confrontation: "Marshall's face-off with Jefferson in Marbury v. Madison in 1803" (Newsweek).
1. (Hockey (Field & Ice)) ice hockey the method of starting a game, in which the referee drops the puck, etc between two opposing players
2. a confrontation
(Hockey (Field & Ice)) to start play by (a face-off)
1. Ice Hockey. the act of putting the puck into play by dropping it between two players on opposing teams, as at the start of a game or period.
2. a direct confrontation.
An official drops the puck between two opponents in order to start play at any time.
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|Noun||1.||face-off - a hostile disagreement face-to-face|
disagreement - the speech act of disagreeing or arguing or disputing
|2.||face-off - (ice hockey) the method of starting play; a referee drops the puck between two opposing players|
commencement, start, beginning - the act of starting something; "he was responsible for the beginning of negotiations"