Gambit meaning

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An opening in chess in which the player risks one or more minor pieces, usually a pawn, in order to gain a favorable position.
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Any ploy or stratagem.

Their promise to lower taxes is clearly an election-year gambit.

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(chess) An opening in which a pawn or other piece is sacrificed to get an advantage in position.
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The definition of a gambit is an opening strategy meant to bring on a specific result, particularly a move in chess where a player risks one minor piece for a better position.

An example of a gambit is an opening move in chess of giving up a pawn to open up a king for further movement.

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A maneuver, stratagem, or opening remark, especially one intended to bring about a desired result.
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An opening maneuver, action, or remark intended to gain an advantage or to offer an opinion.
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An opening in chess, in which a minor piece (often a pawn) is sacrificed to gain an advantage.

Her clever opening gambit gave her an advantage.

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A remark intended to open a conversation.
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Origin of gambit

  • Ultimately from Spanish gambito from Italian gambetto act of tripping someone up in wrestling from gamba leg from Old Italian gambol

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French, from Spanish gambito, from Italian gambetto, from gamba (“leg”), from Latin gamba (“calf”).

    From Wiktionary