Meaning of “playoff” in the English Dictionary

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"playoff" in British English

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playoffnoun [ C usually singular ]

uk /ˈpleɪ.ɒf/ us /ˈpleɪ.ɑːf/

an extra game or period of play in a competition played 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)

"playoff" in American English

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playoffnoun [ C ]

also play-off us /ˈpleɪˌɔf/

one of a series of games played after the regular season to decide which teams will advance to play for the championship (= compete to be recognized as the best team):

the basketball playoffs
a playoff game

(Definition of “playoff” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)