gambit

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

gambit ‎(plural gambits)

  1. An opening in chess, in which a minor piece or 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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