play off

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Synonyms for play off

set into opposition or rivalry

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No, indeed; certainly not; a good man, a man holding religious office, as does the Abbe Busoni, could not condescend to deceive or play off a joke; but your excellency has not read all.
I think you so clever that the trick you are trying to play off on me doesn't surprise me one bit; I expected it.
The Oorya, not unanxious to play off one parasite against the other, slunk away towards the dovecote
the question of qualification for other competitions cannot be determined the clubs shall play off.
Teams 5th to 8th (or 6th to 9th depending on cup) play off for Europa League spots.