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power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutelyThe corrupting influence of power is total when one's power is total.Lord Acton see: Wikiquote
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power upTo turn the electrical power on to a device as a precondition to make it operational.
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brown powerThe production of electricity made from conventional sources, such as coal, oil, natural gas and nuclear power.
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flower power60s youth movement
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poor powerLimited ability.
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power chordA chord or combination of notes used in rock music and typically selected to sound good at high volume and high levels of distortion. Power chords make extensive use of intervals such as open fourths and fifths.
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power pointelectrical socket
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power upTo become ready for operation as a result of the provision of electrical power.
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pulling powerAbility to attract people.
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knowledge is powerWith knowledge and/or education, one's potential or ability to succeed in the pursuit of his objectives will certainly increase.
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power behind the throneSomeone who appears to be without special status, but who has great covert influence on a person in authority.
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play aroundTo behave in a silly, or childish, or irresponsible way.
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play downTo make or attempt to make something seem less important, likely, or obvious.
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play upTo misbehave.
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play alongTo take part in a charade, deception, or practical joke.
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play aroundTo engage in sexual practices outside of marriage.
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child's playSomething particularly simple or easy.
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close of playThe end of a day's play
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close of playThe end of the final game (not to be confused with set or match) during a day at the All England Tennis Championships (Wimbledon)
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close of playThe end of the working day
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grandstand playA successful play or other manoeuvre during a sporting competition in which one or more players shows off unnecessarily in order to entertain or impress the spectators.
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hold-up playA play where an attacker retains possession of the ball, while the teammates can move up the field.
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play aroundTo work with in a non-serious manner.
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play backTo replay a recording.
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play ballAn expression used at the beginning of a game of baseball.
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play ballTo start anything tumultuous.
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play ballTo work together; to cooperate.
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play by earTo play guided by one's memory of the sound, rather than from a written score.
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play by earTo do by guessing, intuition, or trial and error; to react to events as they occur.
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play dumbTo pretend to be mute.
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play dumbTo pretend to be slow-witted or lacking in specific knowledge, usually in order to avoid responsibility or to gain some advantage.
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play gamesTo deceive, to lie about one's intentions.
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play gooseberryto serve as a chaperon
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play hardballTo act rough and ruthless, especially in politics or business.
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play hardballTo use every means possible to achieve a goal, especially in disregarding the harm caused.
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play hookeyTo be absent without permission, especially from school.
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play hookyTo miss school, work, or other duties without permission or an excuse.
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play it coolto act cool
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play possumTo dissemble or to feign ignorance; to disguise or conceal something in order to deceive.
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play possumTo feign death; to remain quiet and still to escape attention or remain undetected; to lay low.
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play possumTo feign sleep, illness, etc.
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play to winTo play in an especially competitive, committed manner, focused intently on winning.
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play to winTo make a special, determined effort to achieve general success or a particular goal, in life, in one's career, in negotiation, etc.
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play upTo make or attempt to make something appear more important, likely or obvious; to showcase or highlight.
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play withUsed other than as an idiom: play with.
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play withTo fiddle with; make small adjustments to, for example to something mechanical in order to improve its performance.
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play withTo trick.
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play withTo sexually stimulate the genitals.
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run of playA passage of play; a series of consecutive moments, considered as a whole.
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word playUsed other than as an idiom: see word, play.
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