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English definition of “gambit”

gambit

noun [C] (CLEVER ACTION)    /ˈɡæm.bɪt/
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.Acting and actsDealing with things or people 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 laterChess
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