bargaining chip

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bargaining chip (plural bargaining chips)

  1. Something used as a leverage in negotiations.
    • 1984, Walter Mondale, at the 1984 U.S. Presidential Debate, Oct. 21
      As a matter of fact, we have a vast range of technology and weaponry right now that provides all the bargaining chips that we need.
    • 2012, The Economist, Afghanistan: Towards a better land
      The money separately pledged to the security forces must not become a bargaining chip — it was after Russia cut off such cash that the government in Kabul fell in 1992.