power play


: a military, diplomatic, political, or administrative maneuver in which power is brought to bear
: a concentrated attack in football in which the ballcarrier is preceded by a mass of blockers
: 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.
Recent Examples on the Web Game 4: Sam Reinhart scored the game-winner 1:12 into overtime on the power play as the Panthers evened the series. Jordan McPherson, Miami Herald, 1 June 2024 Related Articles So, the crossbar giveth on that Rangers power play. Tim Reynolds, The Mercury News, 28 May 2024 Especially at this time of year, when mismatches on the power play — at 6-foot-4, Nichushkin blots out the sun as well as opposing goalies’ vision — can often mean the difference between parades and penitence. Sean Keeler, The Denver Post, 14 May 2024 The Seals pulled one back on a power play goal from Dobbie and then drew within 6-4 when Berg slashed a shot home with 38.3 seconds left in the first half. Ivan Carter, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for power play 

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Word History

First Known Use

1947, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of power play was in 1947

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“Power play.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/power%20play. Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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