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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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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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poor powerLimited ability.
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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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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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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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against the run of playContrary to the flow of the game.
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all work and no play makes jack a dull boyToo much focus on one's career is often viewed unfavorably.Too much hard work and not enough leisure time can be unhealthy.
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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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if there's grass on the pitch, play ballOnce someone has grown pubic hair or started puberty, they are sexually accessible.
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party and playUsed other than as an idiom: see party, play.
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party and playMarked by the use of drugs and the absence of sexual inhibitions.
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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 both sides against the middleTo manipulate opponents or competitors in a manner which benefits the manipulator.
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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 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 first fiddleTo play a leading role.
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play for loveTo play a game of cards without stakes.
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play for timeTo delay a situation until one is prepared.
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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 hob withmess with, cause trouble for
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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 by earTo do something by guessing, intuition, or trial and error; to react to events as they occur.
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