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gam·bit

 (găm′bĭt)
n.
1. An opening in chess in which the player risks one or more minor pieces, usually a pawn, in order to gain a favorable position.
2. A maneuver, stratagem, or opening remark, especially one intended to bring about a desired result.

[Ultimately from Spanish gambito, from Italian gambetto, act of tripping someone up in wrestling, from gamba, leg, from Old Italian; see gambol.]
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gambit

(ˈɡæmbɪt)
n
1. (Chess & Draughts) chess an opening move in which a chessman, usually a pawn, is sacrificed to secure an advantageous position
2. an opening comment, manoeuvre, etc, intended to secure an advantage or promote a point of view
[C17: from French, from Italian gambetto a tripping up, from gamba leg]
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gam•bit

(ˈgæm bɪt)

n.
1. an opening in chess 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; ploy.
3. a remark made to open or redirect a conversation.
[1650–60; < French < Sp gambito or Italian gambetto (akin to Old French gambet, jambet) <gamb(a) leg]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gambit - an opening remark intended to secure an advantage for the speaker
comment, remark, input - a statement that expresses a personal opinion or belief or adds information; "from time to time she contributed a personal comment on his account"
2.gambit - a maneuver in a game or conversation
tactical maneuver, tactical manoeuvre, maneuver, manoeuvre - a move made to gain a tactical end
3.gambit - a chess move early in the game in which the player sacrifices minor pieces in order to obtain an advantageous position
chess move - the act of moving a chess piece
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gambit

noun tactic, move, policy, scheme, strategy, trick, device, manoeuvre, ploy, stratagem They said the plan was no more than a clever political gambit.
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Translations
إجْراء أو كلمة تَمْهيديَّهحَرَكَه إفتتاحِيَّه في الشَّطْرَنْج
gambitzahájení rozhovoru
åbningsbemærkningudspil
nyitás
gambítur, upphafsleikurupphafsleikur eîa -staîhæfing
gambitaspirmieji žodžiai
gambītssarunas ievads/uzsākšana
gambit
gambitgiriş sözüilk hamle

gambit

[ˈgæmbɪt] N (Chess) → gambito m (fig) → táctica f
opening gambit (fig) → estrategia f inicial
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gambit

[ˈgæmbɪt] n (= tactic) → tactique f opening gambit
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gambit

n
(Chess) → Gambit nt
(fig)(Schach)zug m; his favourite (Brit) or favorite (US) gambit was to …was er am liebsten machte, war …; his opening gambit is …er fängt eine Unterhaltung mit … an
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gambit

[ˈgæmbɪt] n (Chess) → gambetto (fig) → mossa
opening gambit → prima mossa
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gambit

(ˈgӕmbit) noun
1. a first move in a game, especially chess.
2. (usually opening gambit) a starting remark in a conversation.
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References in classic literature ?
And let it not be supposed that opinion at the Tankard in Slaughter Lane was unimportant to the medical profession: that old authentic public-house--the original Tankard, known by the name of Dollop's-- was the resort of a great Benefit Club, which had some months before put to the vote whether its long-standing medical man, "Doctor Gambit," should not be cashiered in favor of "this Doctor Lydgate," who was capable of performing the most astonishing cures, and rescuing people altogether given up by other practitioners.
Mawmsey had the poorest opinion on all other points, but in doctoring, he was wont to say in an undertone, he placed Gambit above any of them.
Gambit, and occasionally having attacks which required Dr.
Gambit was told that Lydgate went about saying physic was of no use.
Gambit, including very full accounts of his own habits of body and other affairs; but of course he knew there was no innuendo in her remark, since his spare time and personal narrative had never been charged for.
Gambit could go away from the chief grocer's without fear of rivalry, but not without a sense that Lydgate was one of those hypocrites who try to discredit others by advertising their own honesty, and that it might be worth some people's while to show him up.
But, as some past winners' failed stellar gambits have sadly shown, it isn't a surefire ticket to the top.
In the world of chess, while taking stock of Hypermodern innovations, players in the late 1930s were slowly returning to the Modern School for opening gambits. "The rise of the Orthodox Defense at the expense of the declining King's Gambit had been marked by the 1927 'match of the century'" between Capablanca and the Russian master Alexander Alekhine (1892-1946), chronicles Marano, "with 32 Queen's Gambits out of 34 games" (260 n20).
Negotiation gambits are the moves negotiators make to gain an advantage.
Robbie Keane sits down to meet the media after completing his move to Celtic from Tottenham Hotspur and offers this as one of his opening gambits.
Initially your gambits are simple but as the game progresses they become more complex and useful.
She treated the project as a lark (it was recorded live-in-studio in four days) yet gives the songs much-needed life, while giants who have hung waning careers on such gambits inevitably flatten them.