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brinkmanship

noun [U] uk   us   /ˈbrɪŋk.mən.ʃɪp/
the activity, especially in politics, of trying to get what you want by saying that if you do not get it, you will do something dangerous: The talks have collapsed and both sides have resorted to brinkmanship.
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