One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Tactics exhibiting or intended to increase a person's power or influence.‘the sexual power play of their relationship’
- ‘Her features became blank in the aristocratic air she had perfected over the years of political power play.’
- ‘He is clearly interested in exploring sexual relations as an arena of power play.’
- ‘All through life, food and eating can become entangled and misused in all sorts of emotional problems and power play, such as bulimia, anorexia, obesity, hunger strikes, etc.’
- ‘So it is that the drugs issue is secondary to the political power play.’
- ‘But her remarkable life, carefully handled, could provide a revealing taste of 14 th-century power play, spiced with a heady dose of intrigue, romance and brutal political violence.’
- ‘My feeling when it comes to any kind of sexual representation that deals with power play is that we have a tendency to cast ourselves in certain roles, for good or bad.’
- ‘It's power play, not because he actually feels powerful, but because he wants to feel that way.’
- ‘The power play began before Christmas with the setting of the agenda for the convention when a series of 50 questions were devised by the Belgian presidency and finessed by the member countries ambassadors.’
- ‘He points out that it's almost impossible to take clothing off without there being an aspect of power play.’
- ‘The 70s power play between political parties and the State institutions again defined the debate and ‘ideology’ related decisions.’
- ‘The anti-retrenchment strikes have more to do with political power play than anything else.’
- ‘I had a relationship after my marriage that really explored power play, and it was the most passionate, powerful, liberating thing I have ever experienced in my life.’
- ‘On many levels, it was a sleazy political power play.’
- ‘I'd love to know what bureaucratic power play brought that about.’
- ‘For all the intricacies of the spat, it smacks of political one-upmanship, petty power play and a healthy dose of ego juice.’
- ‘I suspect political power play is involved in that decision.’
- ‘The power play of calling or not calling just doesn't exist.’
- ‘But ordinary people rejected his power play, reclaiming their nation's path through the ballot box.’
- ‘Trapped in the middle of this power play is Bangalore.’
- ‘That power play drew a record 8,000 written responses from the public, only 10 of which supported it.’
2Offensive tactics in a team sport involving the concentration of players at a particular point.
- 2.1Ice Hockey count noun 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’Compare with penalty kill‘the Blackhawks were on the power play for almost four minutes in overtime but couldn't get the winning goal’
- ‘The power play was terrible, but penalty killing was more than respectable (ninth overall).’
- ‘He is killing penalties, working the power play, and playing against the other team's top players.’
- ‘The power play and penalty kill also must dramatically improve; leadership is another question mark.’
- ‘He is playing in key situations, both on the power play and on the penalty kill.’
- ‘We burned them with our power play when they took penalties.’
- 2.1Ice Hockey count noun 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.
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