brinkmanship

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noun brink·man·ship \ˈbriŋk-mən-ˌship\
variants: or less commonly

brinksmanship

play \ˈbriŋ(k)s-mən-\

Definition of brinkmanship

  1. :  the art or practice of pushing a dangerous situation or confrontation to the limit of safety especially to force a desired outcome

Examples of brinkmanship in a sentence

  1. two nations caught up in nuclear brinksmanship

1956

First Known Use of brinkmanship

1956


BRINKMANSHIP Defined for English Language Learners

brinkmanship

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noun brink·man·ship \ˈbriŋk-mən-ˌship\

Definition of brinkmanship for English Language Learners

  • : the practice of causing or allowing a situation to become extremely dangerous in order to get the results that you want



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