power play

noun

Definition of power play 

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

2a : 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

They scored their first goal on a power play. He made a power play to seize control of the company.

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The Capitals are 4-for-11 on the power play in those games. Kevin Allen, USA TODAY, "From 500-1 odds to a 3-1 in Stanley Cup Final deficit: How Golden Knights can do unthinkable again," 6 June 2018 On the power play, Washington was 3 for 5, Vegas was 0 for 4….Brooks Orpik, who had a game-high six hits, had six of the Caps’ 24 blocked shots. Sam Carchidi, Philly.com, "Caps whip Vegas; one win away from first Stanley Cup," 4 June 2018 David Krejci scored on the power play in the final minute of the first period to give Boston a 1-0 lead that Point erased with his unassisted goal at 10:43 of the second. Fred Goodall, courant.com, "Lightning Eliminate Bruins With 3-1 Win In Game 5," 6 May 2018 Tampa Bay was 5 of 9 on the power play in the first three games. Tom Canavan, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Lightning take 3-1 lead over Devils, Kucherov leads the way," 18 Apr. 2018 But Senator McConnell’s power play was not entirely unprecedented. Henry Gass, The Christian Science Monitor, "With departure of swing vote, a pivotal moment for the Supreme Court," 28 June 2018 Washington's excellent power play finally got a chance early in the second period, and Ovechkin scored a vintage goal with his powerful shot from a sharp angle. Sean Meagher, OregonLive.com, "Washington Capitals even Stanley Cup Final at 1-1 with Game 2 win," 31 May 2018 Washington's excellent power play finally got a chance early in the second period, and Ovechkin scored a vintage goal with his powerful shot from a sharp angle. CBS News, "Capitals' Braden Holtby makes "save of the year" to even Stanley Cup Final," 31 May 2018 Pittsburgh was a middling 17th during the regular season (80 percent) but killed 90.5 percent of Philadelphia's power plays in the opening round. Stephen Whyno, baltimoresun.com, "Same series, different year: Penguins, Capitals meet again in playoffs," 25 Apr. 2018

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1947, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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power play

noun

English Language Learners 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

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