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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
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.
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.
After a major hiccup in the House, the Senate restructured the parliamentary gambit just to lug both across the finish line.
This season, Truex led 104 laps to win at Kansas, finished third at Charlotte despite leading 233 laps as a victim of winner Austin Dillon’s fuel gambit and enters this Dover installment starting second.
The dream died over a gambit meant to earn her $50.
McDonald's will expand delivery service to 1,000 more U.S. restaurants this week, part of a gambit that the 77-year-old chain can find a major new source of growth.
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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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