Definition of power play in English:

power play

Syllabification: pow·er play


  • 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.
  • 2Tactics 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.
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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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