Meaning of “bargaining chip” in the English Dictionary

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"bargaining chip" in British English

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bargaining chipnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈbɑː.ɡɪ.nɪŋ ˌtʃɪp/ us /ˈbɑːr.ɡɪ.nɪŋ ˌtʃɪp/ UK also bargaining counter

something that someone else wants that you are willing to lose in order to reach an agreement:

Missiles were used as a bargaining chip in negotiations for economic aid.

(Definition of “bargaining chip” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"bargaining chip" in American English

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bargaining chipnoun [ C ]

us /ˈbɑr·ɡə·nɪŋ tʃɪp/

something that one side can use to persuade the other side to reach an agreement:

Union leaders used the threat of a strike during the busy season as a bargaining chip.

(Definition of “bargaining chip” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"bargaining chip" in Business English

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bargaining chipnoun [ C ]

uk us UK also bargaining counter

something that you offer to give to someone else when you are trying to reach an agreement with them, in order to reach a deal or get an advantage for yourself:

The Secretary of State announced $100 million of new funding as a new bargaining chip in the negotiations.

(Definition of “bargaining chip” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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