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.
Recent Examples on the Web The power play, which let down the Bruins time after time this season, couldn’t make a dent. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 14 May 2022 Looking ahead to the playoffs, Ontario entered Tuesday with the AHL’s best power play (72-of-259) while Stockton boasted the best penalty kill (37-of-281 and 15 short-handed goals). Ivan Carter, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Apr. 2022 After three games, each team had five goals, each team had gone 2-for-23 on the power play (8.7%) and 21-for-23 on the penalty kill (91.3%). Gene Myers, Detroit Free Press, 22 Apr. 2022 Jackson Berezowski scored on that power play, at which the Winterhawks got another 2-minute penalty for challenging the goal for offside. Dylan Bumbarger, oregonlive, 5 Mar. 2022 Should nuclear power play a bigger role in the world’s energy future? Gernot Wagner, WSJ, 7 Jan. 2022 Meanwhile, the power play that powered down recently for the Hawks failed to produce once again. Phil Thompson, chicagotribune.com, 29 Nov. 2021 The game marked the first time that both the Coyotes' power play (2-for-2) and penalty kill (3-for-3) were perfect in the same game (with multiple opportunities of each situation) since a 5-2 win over Florida on Jan. 7, 2020. ... José M. Romero, The Arizona Republic, 18 Nov. 2021 Florida went 0 for 3 on the power play, dropping the Panthers to 0 for 16 in the series and 3 for 26 against the Capitals this season. ... Tim Reynolds, Sun Sentinel, 11 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of power play

1947, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Last Updated

27 May 2022

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“Power play.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/power%20play. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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