Meaning of “playoff” in the English Dictionary

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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)