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play off

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishplay off phrasal verb1 British English if people or teams play off, they play the last game in a sports competition, in order to decide who is the winner πŸ”Š The top two teams will play off at Twickenham for the county title.2 play off somebody/something American English to deliberately use a fact, action, idea etc in order to make what you are doing better or to get an advantage πŸ”Š The two musicians played off each other in a piece of inspired improvisation. β†’ playβ†’ See Verb table
Related topics: Sport
play-offˈplay-off noun [countable] πŸ”Š πŸ”Š 1 DS British English a game played to decide who will win after a previous game has ended with two teams or players having equal points2 [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 πŸ”Š The Lakers will meet the Bulls in the playoffs.
Examples from the Corpus
play-offβ€’ Gould was sacked after a stormy 14 months following Albion's failure to at least make the Third Division promotion play-offs.β€’ The drama both leading to and during the play-off was intense.β€’ First two go up; next 4 fight it out in the play-offs.β€’ We had to win to get into the play-offs and they needed to win to stay in the League.β€’ The 24-year-old central defender will have his right leg immobilised for six weeks and will miss the play-offs should Boro qualify.β€’ The best they can hope for is the No.2 spot or the play-offs.
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Verb table
play
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theyplay
he, she, itplays
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyplayed
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave played
he, she, ithas played
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad played
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill play
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have played
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam playing
he, she, itis playing
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you, we, theyare playing
Past
I, he, she, itwas playing
you, we, theywere playing
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been playing
he, she, ithas been playing
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been playing
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be playing
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been playing
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