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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 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.
I would be shocked if such a gambit is at least not being discussed at 601 Biscayne.
While the Nov. 3 ruling ended Regalado’s legal gambit, the court fight resumed after Gimenez’s 12-point win on Nov. 8.
Maeda got thrown out at second base, but the gambit by Roberts worked.
The company’s gambit of hiring former Apple executives to revive its design also doesn’t seem to be paying off.
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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
borrowed from Spanish gambito, borrowed from Italian gambetto, literally, “act of tripping someone,” from gamba “leg” (going back to Late Latin) + -etto, diminutive suffix — more at jamb
First Known Use: 1656
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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