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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
But there was no way to read it as anything other than a gambit to tank the GOP’s wobbling bid to reshape how millions of Americans get their healthcare coverage.
Different Gambits can’t really play off one another in any significant way.
A Chris Christie post-mortem Read this Sunday editorial from New Jersey's Star Ledger (my first job) on not just Chris Christie's arrogant day at the beach but also his failed legislative gambits to muzzle the media.
Rather, this election will mostly likely be remembered as the one in which white evangelicals traded away their integrity and influence in a gambit to resurrect their past.
James’s Internet gambit imploded after the market crashed in March 2000.
Their gambit is to expand the welfare state to keep the hoi polloi in line.
Her threat to walk away from the talks if provoked is now also diminished given Parliament might not endorse such a gambit.
The British currency lost as much as 3 cents against the dollar by Friday as the results confirmed exit poll predictions that Prime Minister Theresa May had failed in her gambit to gain a stronger majority for those Brexit talks.
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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.
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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