Definition of power play in English:

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power play

Pronunciation: /ˈpou(ə)r ˌplā/


1Tactics exhibiting or intended to increase a person’s power or influence: the sexual power play of their relationship the petty power plays of showbiz
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  • For all the intricacies of the spat, it smacks of political one-upmanship, petty power play and a healthy dose of ego juice.
  • But ordinary people rejected his power play, reclaiming their nation's path through the ballot box.
  • The 70s power play between political parties and the State institutions again defined the debate and ‘ideology’ related decisions.
2Offensive tactics in a team sport involving the concentration of players at a particular point.
2.1 Ice Hockey A situation in which a team has a numerical advantage over its opponents while one or more players is serving a penalty, characterized by an emphasis on offensive play: moments later Pavelski scored on a rebound during the power play the Blackhawks were on the power play for almost four minutes in overtime but couldn’t get the winning goal Compare penalty kill.
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  • He is killing penalties, working the power play, and playing against the other team's top players.
  • The power play was terrible, but penalty killing was more than respectable (ninth overall).
  • He is playing in key situations, both on the power play and on the penalty kill.

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Syllabification: pow·er play

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