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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [feys awf, of]
    • /feɪs ɔf, ɒf/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [feys awf, of]
    • /feɪs ɔf, ɒf/

Definitions of face-off word

  • noun face-off the act of facing the puck, as at the start of a game or period. 1
  • noun face-off an open confrontation. 1
  • noun face-off confrontation 1
  • noun face-off ice hockey: start of play 1
  • countable noun face-off A face-off is an argument or conflict that is intended to settle a dispute. 0
  • noun face-off the method of starting a game, in which the referee drops the puck, etc between two opposing players 0

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Origin of face-off

First appearance:

before 1895
One of the 18% newest English words
First recorded in 1895-1900; noun use of verb phrase face off

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Parts of speech for Face-off


face-off popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 39% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 51% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

Synonyms for face-off

noun face-off

  • duel — a prearranged combat between two persons, fought with deadly weapons according to an accepted code of procedure, especially to settle a private quarrel.
  • showdown — the laying down of one's cards, face upward, in a card game, especially poker.
  • clash — When people clash, they fight, argue, or disagree with each other.
  • contest — A contest is a competition or game in which people try to win.
  • run-in — a quarrel; argument.

Antonyms for face-off

noun face-off

  • calm — A calm person does not show or feel any worry, anger, or excitement.
  • agreement — An agreement is a formal decision about future action which is made by two or more countries, groups, or people.
  • peace — the normal, nonwarring condition of a nation, group of nations, or the world.
  • harmony — agreement; accord; harmonious relations.

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