face off - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [intransitive]
present tense
I/you/we/theyface off
he/she/itfaces off
present participlefacing off
past tensefaced off
past participlefaced off
  1. 1
    informal if people or groups face off, they compete or fight with each other

    Soldiers and protesters faced off during riots.

  2. 2
    to begin a game of ice hockey

    The teams face off at 3 o’clock.

See also main entry: face