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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: WikiquoteRate it:

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power upTo turn the electrical power on to a device as a precondition to make it operational.Rate it:

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brown powerThe production of electricity made from conventional sources, such as coal, oil, natural gas and nuclear power.Rate it:

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flower power60s youth movementRate it:

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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.Rate it:

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poor powerLimited ability.Rate it:

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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.Rate it:

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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.Rate it:

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power pointelectrical socketRate it:

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power upTo become ready for operation as a result of the provision of electrical power.Rate it:

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pulling powerAbility to attract people.Rate it:

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play aroundTo behave in a silly, or childish, or irresponsible way.Rate it:

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play downTo make or attempt to make something seem less important, likely, or obvious.Rate it:

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play upTo misbehave.Rate it:

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play alongTo take part in a charade, deception, or practical joke.Rate it:

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play aroundTo engage in sexual practices outside of marriage.Rate it:

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play by earTo play guided by one's memory of the sound, rather than from a written score.Rate it:

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against the run of playContrary to the flow of the game.Rate it:

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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.Rate it:

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child's playSomething particularly simple or easy.Rate it:

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close of playThe end of a day's playRate it:

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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)Rate it:

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close of playThe end of the working dayRate it:

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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.Rate it:

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hold-up playA play where an attacker retains possession of the ball, while the teammates can move up the field.Rate it:

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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.Rate it:

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party and playUsed other than as an idiom: see party, play.Rate it:

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party and playMarked by the use of drugs and the absence of sexual inhibitions.Rate it:

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play aroundTo work with in a non-serious manner.Rate it:

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play backTo replay a recording.Rate it:

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play ballAn expression used at the beginning of a game of baseball.Rate it:

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play ballTo start anything tumultuous.Rate it:

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play ballTo work together; to cooperate.Rate it:

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play both sides against the middleTo manipulate opponents or competitors in a manner which benefits the manipulator.Rate it:

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play by earTo do by guessing, intuition, or trial and error; to react to events as they occur.Rate it:

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play dumbTo pretend to be mute.Rate it:

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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.Rate it:

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play fast and looseTo be recklessly inaccurate, inappropriate, or otherwise ignoring guidelines and conventions.Rate it:

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play fast and looseTo ignore proper behavior or social conventions, especially when it suits ones purpose.Rate it:

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play first fiddleTo play a leading role.Rate it:

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play for loveTo play a game of cards without stakes.Rate it:

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play for timeTo delay a situation until one is prepared.Rate it:

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play gamesTo deceive, to lie about one's intentions.Rate it:

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play gooseberryto serve as a chaperonRate it:

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play hardballTo act rough and ruthless, especially in politics or business.Rate it:

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play hardballTo use every means possible to achieve a goal, especially in disregarding the harm caused.Rate it:

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play hob withmess with, cause trouble forRate it:

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play hookeyTo be absent without permission, especially from school.Rate it:

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play hookyTo miss school, work, or other duties without permission or an excuse.Rate it:

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play it by earTo do something by guessing, intuition, or trial and error; to react to events as they occur.Rate it:

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