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"gambit" in British English

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gambitnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈɡæm.bɪt/
  • gambit noun [C] (CLEVER ACTION)

a ​cleveraction 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 ​lowertaxes is ​clearly an election-year gambit. specialized games a way of ​beginning a ​game of chess, in which you ​intentionallylose a pawn (= ​gamepiece) in ​order to ​win some other ​form of ​advantagelater
  • 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.
(Definition of gambit from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"gambit" in American English

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gambitnoun [C]

 us   /ˈɡæm·bɪt/
something that you do or say that is ​intended to ​achieve an ​advantage and usually ​involves taking a ​risk: The ​arrest of the ​politicalleader was ​seen as the ​opening gambit in a move to take ​control of the ​government.
(Definition of gambit from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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