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"playoff" in British English

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playoffnoun [C usually singular]

uk   /ˈpleɪ.ɒf/  us   /-ɑːf/
an ​extragame or ​period of ​play in a ​competitionplayed between ​teams or ​competitors who both have the same ​number of ​points, in ​order to ​decide who ​wins the ​competition
(Definition of playoff from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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playoffnoun [C]

(also play-off)  us   /ˈpleɪˌɔf/
one of a ​series of ​gamesplayed after the ​regularseason to ​decide which ​teams will ​advance to ​play for the ​championship (= ​compete to be ​recognized as the ​bestteam): the ​basketball playoffs a playoff ​game
(Definition of playoff from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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