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Examples of gambit in a Sentence
I couldn't tell whether her earlier poor-mouthing had been sincere or just a gambit to get me to pick up the dinner check.
Recent Examples of gambit from the Web
Now, this sort of gambit has become pretty commonplace in Major League Baseball, as more and more teams have compiled data and used it to inform their pitching and defensive strategies and alignments.
Afghan peace gambit | President Ashraf Ghani today presented his most comprehensive plan to the Taliban to entice them to negotiate an end to the nation’s near 17-year war.
As with all cities that take the gambit of hosting Olympic games, time will tell.
The late general manager Jim Johannson’s gambit – that 25 players with varied backgrounds and different levels of experience would mesh – is looking better by the day.
So far the administration has refused to comment on Idaho’s gambit.
Reconciling these two convictions—for free speech and against hate speech—is becoming harder, particularly since Angela Merkel’s refugee gambit in 2015.
Part of Stuart Little’s appeal, of course, was its continual toggling between naturalizing the mouse-as-person gambit and emphasizing its weirdness.
The painter’s brilliantly simple gambit, one that has allowed for decades of elaboration, was to literalize that blackness.
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Did You Know?
In 1656, a chess handbook was published that was said to have almost a hundred illustrated "gambetts." That early spelling of "gambit" is close to the Italian word, gambetto, from which it is derived. "Gambetto" was used for an act of tripping-especially one that gave an advantage, as in wrestling. The original chess gambit is an opening in which a bishop's pawn is sacrificed to gain some advantage, but the name is now applied to many other chess openings. After being pinned down to chess for about two centuries, "gambit" finally broke free of the hold and showed itself to be a legitimate contender in the English language by weighing in with other meanings.
sleight of hand;
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