Значение идиомы play off

[play off] {v.} 1. To match opposing persons, forces, or interestsso that they balance each other.

The girl played off her admirersagainst each other.

Britain tried to play off European nationsagainst each other so that she would have a balance of power.

2. Tofinish the playing of

The visitors cameback the next Saturday to play off the game stopped by rain.

3. Tosettle between contestants by more play.

When eachplayer had won two matches, the championship was decided by playingoff the tie.

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Значение идиомы play off