Definitions for face-off
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
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.
a direct confrontation.
Category: Common Vocabulary
Origin of face-off:
confrontation, encounter, showdown, face-off(noun)
a hostile disagreement face-to-face
(ice hockey) the method of starting play; a referee drops the puck between two opposing players
face off, bully off(verb)
start a game by a face-off
A confrontation or argument between two people or groups
It's unclear which side will win the latest face-off between the President and Congress.
The start of play, when two players try to get control of the puck dropped by the referee