brinkmanship

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Etymology[edit]

1956. From brink +‎ -manship.

Noun[edit]

brinkmanship (uncountable)

  1. Pursuit of an advantage by appearing to be willing to risk a dangerous policy rather than concede a point.
    The diplomat accused the other nation's leader of brinkmanship for refusing to redeploy the troops along their nations' shared border.