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 Bruins outshot the Blues 12-4 in the first period alone, and pushed Binnington to his limits on a power play that resulted from a penalty on Colton Parayko for sending the puck over the glass. Laine Higgins, WSJ, "The Blues’ Stunning Stanley Cup Run Was Keyed by a Rookie Goaltender," 13 June 2019 Doughty immediately saw himself on the power play with Kovalchuk to plug a hole that has been present for some time. Curtis Zupke, latimes.com, "Drew Doughty finds the right negotiator for his new eight-year, $88-million deal with the Kings — himself," 1 July 2018 Washington cashed in on the ensuing power play with the night’s prettiest goal. Adam Candee, Detroit Free Press, "2018 NHL Stanley Cup Finals: Golden Knights-Capitals Game 2 observations," 30 May 2018 When Brian Dumoulin picked up a delay of game penalty early in the third period, the Penguins killed off the power play with impressive efficiency. Kevin Allen, USA TODAY, "Less-than-perfect Pittsburgh Penguins 'embrace the struggle,' find ways to win," 22 Apr. 2018 Fredrick Gaudreau got an empty-netter at 17:08 of the third to close Milwaukee's scoring, then Cockerill scored his second of the night for Cleveland on a power play with 23 seconds remaining. Plain Dealer Sports, cleveland.com, "Milwaukee Admirals roll past Cleveland Monsters, 6-3," 5 Apr. 2018 However, the change did not keep the Cardinals out of the net, as Nehmer potted the team’s fifth goal on a power play with 5:46 to go in the period. Dave Souza, BostonGlobe.com, "Pope Francis is quick to KO St. John’s Prep," 13 Mar. 2018 The Americans took advantage of the ensuing 5-on-3 power play with a quick goal that pushed its lead to 2-0. David Brandt, Houston Chronicle, "Canadians earn Olympic gold in ice dancing, US hockey wins," 20 Feb. 2018 The Americans took advantage of the ensuing 5-on-3 power play with a quick goal that pushed its lead to 2-0. Washington Post, "Canadians earn Olympic gold in ice dancing, US hockey wins," 20 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of power play

1947, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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power play

noun

English Language Learners Definition of power play

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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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