power play

noun

Definition of power play

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

  2. 2a :  a concentrated attack in football in which the ballcarrier is preceded by a mass of blockersb :  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.

1947

First Known Use of power play

1947


POWER PLAY Defined for English Language Learners

power play

noun

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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