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gamesmanship

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noun games·man·ship \ˈgāmz-mən-ˌship\

Simple Definition of gamesmanship

  • : 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. 1 :  the art or practice of winning games by questionable expedients without actually violating the rules

  2. 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>



1947

First Known Use of gamesmanship

1947


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