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 for play off
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  play off
      v 1: set into opposition or rivalry; "let them match their best
           athletes against ours"; "pit a chess player against the
           Russian champion"; "He plays his two children off against
           each other" [syn: pit, oppose, match, play off]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  20 Moby Thesaurus words for "play off":
     bout, contest, decathlon, double-header, doubles, event, foursome,
     game, games of chance, go, match, meet, pentathlon, play, race,
     runoff, singles, sport, threesome, twosome

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