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power play

noun

Simple Definition of power play

  • ice hockey : a situation in which one team has more players on the ice than the other team for a period of time because of a penalty

  • : an attempt by a person, group, or organization to use power in a forceful and direct way to get or do something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of power play

  1. 1 :  a military, diplomatic, political, or administrative maneuver in which power is brought to bear

  2. 2 a :  a concentrated attack in football in which the ballcarrier is preceded by a mass of blockers b :  a situation in ice hockey in which one team temporarily has more players on the ice than the other team because of a penalty

Examples of power play in a sentence

  1. They scored their first goal on a power play.

  2. He made a power play to seize control of the company.



1947

First Known Use of power play

1947


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