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.
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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 18 Jul. 2024.

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