gambit [ gam-bit ]
1. Chess. an opening in which a player seeks to obtain some advantage by sacrificing a pawn or piece.
2. any maneuver by which one seeks to gain an advantage.
3. a remark made to open or redirect a conversation.
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH GAMBIT
gamut, gantlet, gauntlet
WORDS RELATED TO GAMBIT
maneuver, play, jig, ploy, ruse, trick, design, artifice, device, gimmick
SYNONYMS FOR GAMBIT
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2. ploy, stratagem, scheme, ruse.
Origin: 1650–60; < French < Spanish gambito or Italian gambetto (akin to Old French gambet, jambet), equivalent to gamb(a) leg + -etta -et
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