bargaining chip


: something that can be used to gain an advantage when trying to make a deal or an agreement
The workers used the threat of a strike as a bargaining chip in their negotiations.

Examples of bargaining chip in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Three of the defendants, with agreement with the judges and prosecutors, used the charges of illegally possessing firearms as a bargaining chip to get other charges reduced. Letter Writers, Twin Cities, 12 May 2024 By taking away developers’ ability to propose large projects, the state could take away a powerful bargaining chip, some developers say. Kate Talerico, The Mercury News, 14 Apr. 2024 In this context, Iran’s nuclear program became important not only as a bargaining chip to negotiate sanctions removal but also as a deterrent that could protect the axis from U.S. attack. Narges Bajoghli, Foreign Affairs, 17 Jan. 2024 This argument, rooted in political strategy, suggests that the Taliban see girls’ education as a bargaining chip – a tool to achieve their political objectives. Enayat Nasir, The Conversation, 11 Apr. 2024 His bargaining chip: re-establishing income tax brackets that would give provincial governors much needed budget breathing room in a critical economic context. Agustino Fontevecchia, Forbes, 29 Mar. 2024 Led by Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, legislators in 2023 held up $800 million for a new UW-Madison engineering school and employee pay raises – their bargaining chip to force closure of public universities’ DEI offices. Kathleen Gallagher, Journal Sentinel, 19 Mar. 2024 Did the Mafia want a bargaining chip to help free a member from prison? Tom Mashberg, New York Times, 18 Mar. 2024 The Abraham Accords gave that bargaining chip away by allowing Israel to establish normal relations with some Arab governments without changing the reality of the Israeli occupation. Jonah Blank, Foreign Affairs, 14 Mar. 2024

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“Bargaining chip.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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