Gambit - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈɡæmbɪt|  American pronunciation of the word gambit
Brit.  |ˈɡambɪt|  British pronunciation of the word gambit


- an opening remark intended to secure an advantage for the speaker (syn: ploy)
- a maneuver in a game or conversation (syn: ploy, stratagem)
- a chess move early in the game in which the player sacrifices minor pieces in order to obtain an advantageous position


...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....

These questions are often an opening gambit (=the thing you say first) for a negotiation.

Word forms

singular: gambit
plural: gambits
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