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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 the gambit whiffed slightly of hypocrisy — Cruz accepted $7,500 in donations from Facebook during his 2012 campaign, according to an investigation by the Sunlight Foundation.
Pretense to the contrary, appeals to any sort of trans-partisan standards or restraints, are merely a ruse, a gambit in the endless war.
The partners thought the food was good but could be better — especially because better food, given the gambit, would mean more money for Broad Street Ministry.
Finn and Rose fail at their gambit, and nearly lose their lives in the process.
The gambit is intended to get Mueller to narrow the range of a possible Trump interview.
The gambit worked: Goldman’s traders made $33 billion in 2009, the most profitable year on record for a Wall Street broker-dealer.
But led by its governor, Bruce Otter, the state of Idaho has come up with a new gambit that’s either bold or just laughable: ignoring the law.
The gambit worked: Shortly after the Playboy issue came out, director Paul Verhoeven cast her as the bisexual, crotch-flashing serial killer Catherine Trammel in the international hit Basic Instinct.
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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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