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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

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
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Having let 10 powerplay opportunities slip away against Basingstoke Bison last weekend, the Giants punished the Sheffield Steelers in the best possible way to record their second win in 24 hours after beating the London Racers on Friday.
Having been 2-0 up, they succumbed to a rash of poor discipline in the final period and the once solid penalty kill conceded four powerplay goals.
Jayawardene said the International Cricket Council rule to restrict the number of outfielders to four, even outside of powerplay overs, heavily favours batsmen.
(After overtime) NEWCASTLE Vipers were just 58 seconds away from securing a point when Jon Pelle scored the powerplay goal that meant they travelled the long way back from Wales with nothing, writes PETER ADAMS.
Vipers should have made more of a oneminute and 26-second powerplay early in the second period, which left them five on three after Brendan Cook (slashing) and Bruce (hit to the head) were off the ice.
MOSS VALLEY'S Craig West lifted the very first PowerPlay Golf British Championship trophy with a score of 26 points over the Brabazon course at The Belfry.
The match was drifting into stalemate when a long spell without a whistle in third period gave Blaze some momentum - after a five-onthree powerplay went begging.
Nothing changed in the second when the home side made their conversion rate three from three and in the final period, two further powerplays scores meant that the Vipers had conceded seven over the weekend.
now every local golfer is being given the chance to try PowerPlay Golf at Dewstow in Monmouthshire.
In their five matches to date the Vipers powerplay hasn't caused too many problems for their opponents and again the teams failed to capitalise on a golden opportunity to take the lead.
There will be a lot of time spent on the powerplay and penalty kill.
The first two periods had seen a total of 10 powerplays between the two teams, while the final 20 minutes was fast paced and penalty free.
In Saturday's 3-1 road loss against the Coventry Blaze, the Vipers failed on four powerplays and last night wasted another one early in the game.
Devils will surely reflect on some baffling decisions by referee Tom Darnell, while player-coach Gerad Adams promised: "We have some hard work ahead on powerplays."