opening gambit


: a first move
Their opening gambit in the negotiations was to demand a wage hike.

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Recent Examples on the Web That wasn’t the strong opening gambit that New England needed to start the second half. Christopher Price,, 18 Dec. 2022 That question, the film’s opening gambit, is a shrewd piece of propagandizing. Armond White, National Review, 29 Mar. 2023 The amendment was also Netanyahu’s opening gambit, the first law in a legislative package that menaces the judiciary more seriously—a package that Yariv Levin and the chairman of the Knesset Justice Committee, Simcha Rothman, were rushing through serial Knesset votes. Bernard Avishai, The New Yorker, 27 Mar. 2023 The battle happening right now is the opening gambit in the war over America’s clean energy future. Matthew Miles Goodrich, The New Republic, 6 Mar. 2023 As an opening gambit for such an endeavor, Njinga’s tale is hard to beat. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 Feb. 2023

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“Opening gambit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2023.

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