from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Sports An offensive maneuver in a team game, especially in football, in which a massive concentration of players is applied in a certain area.
  • n. Sports A situation in ice hockey in which one team has a temporary numerical advantage because the other team has one or more players in the penalty box.
  • n. A strategic maneuver, as in politics, diplomacy, or business, based on the use or threatened use of power as a means of coercion.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. In ice hockey, the situation where a team has a numerical advantage on the ice due to one or more penalties given to the opposing team.
  • n. A similar situation in other ball games such as lacrosse, indoor soccer, rugby and cricket.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a play in which there is a concentration of players in one location on the field of play
  • n. (ice hockey) a play in which one team has a numerical advantage over the other as a result of penalties
  • n. an aggressive attempt to compel acquiescence by the concentration or manipulation of power


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