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
If they are still level and in the battle for the title, a final relegation place or European spot, then a play-off is needed.Unlike other competitions there is no head-to-head rule - so Premier League rules say "the clubs concerned shall play off one or more deciding league matches on neutral grounds, the format, timing and venue of which shall be determined by the board".
Reading players are dejected after losing a penalty shoot in last year's play off final