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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 those coups pale beside the latest astounding gambit.
John seemed sheepish and blamed the gambit on Bing.
Food offerings run the gambit from Wisconsin classics like cheese curds and pretzel sticks to salmon and sirloin.
On Tuesday afternoon, Senate Republicans voted on a motion to proceed with debate on healthcare legislation, using a rare legislative gambit to move ahead despite reservations from some moderates.
China knows there are downsides to this dangerous gambit.
One conservative gambit—to repeal Obamacare and worry about replacing it later—is a reckless gamble that would inflict crippling uncertainty on the health industry and those who rely on it.
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.
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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.
Synonymsartifice, device, dodge, fetch, flimflam, trick, gimmick, jig, juggle, knack, play, ploy, scheme, shenanigan, sleight, stratagem, wile
Related Wordsbluff, end run, feint; cheating, chicanery, cozenage, craft, crookery, cunning, deception, dupery, duplicity, fakery, jugglery, legerdemain, skulduggery (or skullduggery), subterfuge, swindling, trickery; fraud, gaff, hoax, sham, swindle; blind, front, smoke screen
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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