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Definition of gambit noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a thing that someone does, or something that someone says at the beginning of a situation or conversation, that is intended to give them some advantage an opening gambit (= the first thing you say) His opponents dismissed his promise of tax cuts as a pre-election gambit. His idea of a brilliant conversational gambit is “What's a nice girl like you doing in a place like this?”
  2. 2a move or moves made at the beginning of a game of chess in order to gain an advantage later
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