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power play

1. In ice hockey, a temporary period during gameplay in which one team has more players in play due to the other team having one or more players temporarily removed due to a penalty. Pittsburgh will have a chance to score here during the power play.
2. An action, behavior, or strategy intended to assert, enhance, or exaggerate one's power, authority, or influence. It's just a power play—he's moving the shifts around purely to show that he's the one who can. The prime minister is using the threat of initiating a trade war as an obvious power play ahead of the general election.
See also: play, power
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

power play

Fig. a strategy using one's power or authority to carry out a plan or to get one's way. In a blatant power play, the manager claimed he had initiated the sales campaign.
See also: play, power
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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