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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
Perhaps Hatch-Brady is just a bargaining gambit that will lead to a slightly more conservative version of Alexander-Murray.
The Iranians, emboldened by Trump's nuclear-deal gambit, have every incentive to push the U.S. into these kinds of existential geopolitical dilemmas.
The gambit that will be watched closely by a series of other longtime African leaders looking to extend their tenures.
Trump’s all-out support for interim Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala., who is trying to close his gap in polls ahead of Tuesday’s GOP runoff election, is a political gambit, which the president acknowledged.
The military judge option was Bergdahl's only hope; the gambit paid off.
Whether through ubiquity or talent, his gambit succeeded.
Its gambit will almost certainly fail in light of Pavan.
With the death of the Senate’s latest gambit to repeal Obamacare, Graham-Cassidy, the GOP has once again broken its signature, years-long promise to voters.
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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
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