brinkmanship

noun brink·man·ship \ ˈbriŋk-mən-ˌship \
variants: or less commonly brinksmanship play \ˈbriŋ(k)s-mən-\
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of brinkmanship

: 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

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First Known Use of brinkmanship

1956


BRINKMANSHIP Defined for English Language Learners

brinkmanship

noun

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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