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play-off

noun
     
Related topics: Sport
play-off [countable]
1DS British English a game played to decide who will win after a previous game has ended with two teams or players having equal points
2 [usually plural] American English a game, usually one of a series of games, played by the best teams or players in a competition in order to decide the final winner:
The Lakers will meet the Bulls in the playoffs.

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