power playpower play
- an offensive play, as in sports, in which force is concentrated in one area; specif., in ice hockey and indoor soccer, one that occurs when the defensive team is shorthanded due to penalties
- an attempt to attain an end, as in politics or business, through the use of power rather than finesse
- Sports a. A situation in ice hockey, lacrosse, and certain other sports in which one team has a temporary numerical advantage because the other team has had one or more players removed from play on account of a penalty.b. An offensive maneuver in a team game, especially in football, in which a massive concentration of players is applied in a certain area.
- A strategic maneuver, as in politics, diplomacy, or business, based on the use or threatened use of power as a means of coercion.
(plural power plays)