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gambitnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈɡæm.bɪt/

gambit noun [C] (CLEVER ACTION)

a clever action in a game or other situation that is intended to achieve an advantage and usually involves taking a risk: Her clever opening gambit gave her an early advantage. Their promise to lower taxes is clearly an election-year gambit. specialized games a way of beginning a game of chess, in which you intentionally lose a pawn (= game piece) in order to win some other form of advantage later

gambit noun [C] (REMARK)

a remark that you make to someone in order to start a conversation: "I hear you're a friend of Jamie's" was her opening gambit.
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