power play

noun
|Updated on: 10 Jun 2018

Definition of power play

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

  1. They scored their first goal on a power play.

  2. He made a power play to seize control of the company.

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First Known Use of power play

1947

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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POWER PLAY Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of power play for English Language Learners

  • 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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