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English noun: power play

1. power play (act) an aggressive attempt to compel acquiescence by the concentration or manipulation of power

SamplesShe laughed at this sexual power play and walked away.

Synonymssqueeze, squeeze play

Broader (hypernym)attempt, effort, endeavor, endeavour, try

2. power play (act) a play in which there is a concentration of players in one location on the field of play

SamplesThey used a power play to return the kickoff.

Broader (hypernym)football play

Domain categoryAmerican football, American football game

3. power play (act) (ice hockey) a play in which one team has a numerical advantage over the other as a result of penalties

SamplesThe team was unable to capitalize on the power play.

Broader (hypernym)play

Domain categoryhockey, hockey game, ice hockey

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