opening gambit

noun

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

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“Opening gambit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/opening%20gambit. Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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