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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
This time, once again, even though the Cavs’ most likely gambit is to play rougher, the Warriors choose to keep their toughest guy, Zaza Pachulia, on the bench.
Basically, Kelly argues, this was a gambit to try to convince Trump not to go to war with North Korea — one that may yet fail.
This surprising gambit by the Warriors, who are currently rampaging through the NBA playoffs, poses an entirely different question: Do coaches matter at all?
The announcement is Kim’s opening gambit to set the tone for summit talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, set for next Friday, and U.S. President Donald Trump, expected in late May or early June.
Experts point out that this is still Kim’s opening gambit.
DeRozan, with this particular gambit, has left himself stranded.
Any such offer would be a high-stakes gambit and trigger a price auction in which the loser was obliged to sell his stake to the winner.
Past Moves The network suit is an effort to stop Shari Redstone from copying her father’s 2016 gambit to reassert control over the Viacom board once questions arose about whether the billionaire’s mental capabilities were waning.
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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.
Origin and Etymology of gambit
sleight of hand;
GAMBIT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of gambit for English Language Learners
: a planned series of moves at the beginning of a game of chess
: something done or said in order to gain an advantage or to produce a desired result
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