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Definition 1: the act of repulsing or repelling an attack; a successful defensive stand - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for standoff in the sense of this definition

(standoff is a kind of ...) a defensive effort

"the army made a final stand at the Rhone"

Definition 2: the finish of a contest in which the score is tied and the winner is undecided - [noun denoting event]

Samples where standoff or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the game ended in a draw
  • their record was 3 wins, 6 losses and a tie

Synonyms for standoff in the sense of this definition

(standoff is a kind of ...) designated event that concludes a contest (especially a race)

"excitement grew as the finish neared" "my horse was several lengths behind at the finish" "the winner is the team with the most points at the finish"

(... is a kind of standoff ) a tie in a race

(... is a kind of standoff ) drawing position in chess: any of a player's possible moves would place his king in check

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