gamesmanship


games·man·ship

noun \ˈgāmz-mən-ˌship\

: the practice of winning a game or contest by doing things that seem unfair but that are not actually against the rules

: the clever use of skills or tricks to succeed or do something

Full Definition of GAMESMANSHIP

1
:  the art or practice of winning games by questionable expedients without actually violating the rules
2
:  the use of ethically dubious methods to gain an objective

Examples of GAMESMANSHIP

  1. They blur the line between gamesmanship and cheating.
  2. <that author doesn't go in for literary gamesmanship, so the reader is never led astray by the novel's narrator>

First Known Use of GAMESMANSHIP

1947

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