gambit

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Etymology[edit]

From French, from Spanish gambito, from Italian gambetto, from gamba (leg), from Latin gamba (calf).

Noun[edit]

gambit (plural gambits)

  1. An opening in chess, in which a minor piece (often a pawn) is sacrificed to gain an advantage.
    Her clever opening gambit gave her an advantage.
  2. Any ploy or stratagem.
    Their promise to lower taxes is clearly an election-year gambit.
  3. A remark intended to open a conversation.

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