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Definitions for power play
pow·er play

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. power play, squeeze play, squeezenoun

    an aggressive attempt to compel acquiescence by the concentration or manipulation of power

    "she laughed at this sexual power play and walked away"

  2. power playnoun

    a play in which there is a concentration of players in one location on the field of play

    "they used a power play to return the kickoff"

  3. power playnoun

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

    "the team was unable to capitalize on the power play"


  1. power playnoun

    In ice hockey, the situation where a team has a numerical advantage on the ice due to one or more penalties given to the opposing team.

  2. power playnoun

    A similar situation in other ball games such as lacrosse, indoor soccer, rugby and cricket.


  1. power play

    A power play is a term used in sports, specifically in ice hockey and other games, to describe a situation where one team has a numerical advantage in players due to a penalty or penalties incurred by the opposing team. This gives the team with more players a strategic advantage. In a broader sense, it can also refer to any situation in politics, business, relationships, etc., where someone uses their influence or resources to gain an advantage over others.


  1. Power Play

    Power Play was a Canadian television drama series, which aired on CTV from 1998 to 2000. The series was filmed at Copps Coliseum in Hamilton, Ontario. The show starred Michael Riley as Brett Parker, a former New York City sports agent who became the general manager of a National Hockey League franchise, the Hamilton Steelheads. One of the throughline plots of the series dealt with Parker's ongoing love–hate relationships with the sport, the team and his superior at McArdle Industries, corporate executive Colleen Blessed, played by Kari Matchett. The cast also included Gordon Pinsent as team owner Duff McArdle, Jonathan Crombie, Jennifer Dale and Al Waxman. The show's theme song was a modernized version of the Stompin' Tom Connors classic, "The Hockey Song", performed partly by Connors himself, and then transitioning to the performance of the band Rusty. The show was briefly aired on the US network UPN, starting in 1999, but was pulled after just two episodes. The second episode aired in the US has the distinction of being the lowest-rated episode of any prime-time TV series ever aired by any US network.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of power play in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of power play in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of power play in a Sentence

  1. Auston Matthews:

    We got the win, that’s all that matters, we’re taking too many penalties. We had big penalty kills, big power-play goals. Sometimes that’s the way the game goes, special teams come through. Obviously, we squeaked out this one.

  2. Joel Ericksson Ek:

    I think we started good the first five minutes, they got some some power play time, they got into it and we didn’t win enough battles, wall battles to get out of our zone.

  3. Johnny Gaudreau:

    We had a ton of opportunities to make it a 4-1 game there at one point, we didn’t and we let them hang around. I thought we were playing well, 5 on 5, but our power play, we have to find a way to put the puck in the net.

  4. Jaden Schwartz:

    At the end of the second, we weren’t necessarily playing our best. They had a power-play goal to go up 2-1, so it was good to tie it up.

  5. Jordan Eberle:

    Early on, we gave them a 2-on-1, and then we made a mistake on the power play, and it’s 2-0, it was tight to a point, but then we gave them freebies, and the game is somewhat out of hand. ... We made too many mistakes against a good offensive team. You can’t be doing that and expect to come back.

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