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 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
They scored their first goal on a power play.
He made a power play to seize control of the company.
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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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