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play-off
play-offs
1) N-COUNT A playoff is an extra game which is played to decide the winner of a sports competition when two or more people have got the same score.

Nick Faldo was beaten by Peter Baker in a play-off.

...a playoff game to determine who is the league winner.

2) N-COUNT: usu N in pl You use playoffs to refer to a series of games between the winners of different leagues, to decide which teams will play for a championship. [AM]

The winner of the American League East race will face the powerful Oakland A's in the playoffs this weekend.


English dictionary. 2008.

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  • play off — {v.} 1. To match opposing persons, forces, or interests so that they balance each other. * /The girl played off her admirers against each other./ * /Britain tried to play off European nations against each other so that she would have a balance of …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • play off — {v.} 1. To match opposing persons, forces, or interests so that they balance each other. * /The girl played off her admirers against each other./ * /Britain tried to play off European nations against each other so that she would have a balance of …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • play off — transitive verb Date: 1606 1. a. to set in opposition for one s own gain b. to set in contrast 2. to complete the playing of (an interrupted contest) 3. to break (a tie) by a play off …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • play-off — noun Date: 1895 1. a final contest or series of contests to determine the winner between contestants or teams that have tied 2. a series of contests played after the end of the regular season to determine a championship often used in plural …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • To play off — Play Play, v. t. 1. To put in action or motion; as, to play cannon upon a fortification; to play a trump. [1913 Webster] First Peace and Silence all disputes control, Then Order plays the soul. Herbert. [1913 Webster] 2. To perform music upon; as …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To play off — Play Play, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Played}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Playing}.] [OE. pleien, AS. plegian, plegan, to play, akin to plega play, game, quick motion, and probably to OS. plegan to promise, pledge, D. plegen to care for, attend to, be wont, G.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification (CONMEBOL-OFC play-off) — The 2006 FIFA World Cup OFC CONMEBOL qualification play off was a two legged home and away tie between the winners of the Oceania qualifying tournament, Australia, and the fifth placed team from the South American qualifying tournament, Uruguay.… …   Wikipedia

  • 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification (AFC-CONCACAF play-off) — The 2006 FIFA World Cup Asia CONCACAF Qualification Playoff was a home and away playoff between the following teams: *The fifth place team of the Asia qualifying tournament, Bahrain. *The fourth place team in the CONCACAF qualifying tournament,… …   Wikipedia

  • 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA play-off) — The 2006 FIFA World Cup European Qualification Playoffs were a set of home and away playoffs to decide the final three places granted to national football teams from European nations (more precisely, UEFA members) for the 2006 FIFA World Cup.By… …   Wikipedia

  • Play — Play, v. t. 1. To put in action or motion; as, to play cannon upon a fortification; to play a trump. [1913 Webster] First Peace and Silence all disputes control, Then Order plays the soul. Herbert. [1913 Webster] 2. To perform music upon; as, to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Play — Play, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Played}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Playing}.] [OE. pleien, AS. plegian, plegan, to play, akin to plega play, game, quick motion, and probably to OS. plegan to promise, pledge, D. plegen to care for, attend to, be wont, G.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English


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