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phrasal verb [intransitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyplay off
he/she/itplays off
present participleplaying off
past tenseplayed off
past participleplayed off
  1. if two or more teams or players who have the same number of points in a competition play off, they play a game or games to see who is the winner
    The 16 finalists will play off to see who will win the championship.
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a fashion trend in which people intentionally wear ordinary, inexpensive, widely-available clothing

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a flower or small bunch of flowers worn on the lapel of a jacket on special occasions

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