gambit


gam·bit

noun \ˈgam-bət\

: a planned series of moves at the beginning of a game of chess

: something done or said in order to gain an advantage or to produce a desired result

Full Definition of GAMBIT

1
:  a chess opening in which a player risks one or more pawns or a minor piece to gain an advantage in position
2
a (1) :  a remark intended to start a conversation or make a telling point (2) :  topic
b :  a calculated move :  stratagem

Examples of GAMBIT

  1. <I couldn't tell whether her earlier poor-mouthing had been sincere or just a gambit to get me to pick up the dinner check.>

Origin of GAMBIT

Italian gambetto, literally, act of tripping someone, from gamba leg, from Late Latin gamba, camba, from Greek kampē bend; probably akin to Gothic hamfs maimed, Lithuanian kampas corner
First Known Use: 1656

Other Game Terms

bezique, carom, convention, crap, euchre, monte, parlay, tierce

Rhymes with GAMBIT

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