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 power./ 2. To finish the playing of (an interrupted contest.) * /The visitors came back the next Saturday to play off the game stopped by rain./ 3. To settle (a tie score) between contestants by more play. /When each player had won two matches, the championship was decided by playing off the tie./

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  • Play-off — Der Begriff Stichkampf oder englisch Play off (in Nordamerika generell ohne Bindestrich: Playoff) bezeichnet einen Ausscheidungskampf in einem Sportwettbewerb, durch den gewöhnlich eine Meisterschaft entschieden wird (nicht zu verwechseln mit… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Play-Off — Der Begriff Stichkampf bzw. englisch Play off (in Nordamerika generell ohne Bindestrich: Playoff) bezeichnet einen Ausscheidungskampf in einem Sportwettbewerb, durch den eine Meisterschaft entschieden wird (nicht zu verwechseln mit… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Play Off — Der Begriff Stichkampf bzw. englisch Play off (in Nordamerika generell ohne Bindestrich: Playoff) bezeichnet einen Ausscheidungskampf in einem Sportwettbewerb, durch den eine Meisterschaft entschieden wird (nicht zu verwechseln mit… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • 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

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  • Soviet Union vs Chile 1974 FIFA World Cup play-off — The 1973 play off for a place in the 1974 FIFA World Cup in West Germany, between the national football teams of the Soviet Union and Chile, is notable for the political circumstances around the second leg of the play off on 21 November 1973. It… …   Wikipedia

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  • 2008 Conference National play-off Final — Cambridge United Exeter City 0 1 Date 18 May 2008 Venue Wem …   Wikipedia


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