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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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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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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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play aroundTo work with in a non-serious manner.
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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 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 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 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 upTo make or attempt to make something appear more important, likely or obvious; to showcase or highlight.
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play for loveTo play a game of cards without stakes.
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play it safeTo take a cautious, risk-free approach.
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play old harryBlenkiron and I have been moving in the best circles as skilled American engineers who are going to play Old Harry with the British on the Tigris. — John Buchan, "Greenmantle", 1916..
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play old harryTo play the devil; to make mischief.
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play on wordsA pun, or similar humorous use of language such as a double entendre.
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play second fiddleTo play a subsidiary or subordinate role to someone or something else.
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play silly buggersTo act in a stupid or reckless manner.
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play the fieldTo date more than one person at the same time.
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play the foolTo behave in a foolish or comical manner.
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play the poniesTo bet on horse racing.
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play with fireTo put oneself in a precarious situation with a high risk of getting harmed, particularly emotionally or financially.
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play fast and looseTo be recklessly inaccurate, inappropriate, or otherwise ignoring guidelines and conventions.
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play fast and looseTo ignore proper behavior or social conventions, especially when it suits ones purpose.
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play it by earTo do something by guessing, intuition, or trial and error; to react to events as they occur.
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play it by earTo play a song according to how it sounds, rather than from a written score.
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play one against anotherTo manipulate two persons into competing against one another in a way that benefits the person carrying out the manipulation.
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play one's cards rightTo act sensibly; to make the right moves.
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play someone like a fiddleSkilfully.
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