Meaning of “gambit” in the English Dictionary

"gambit" in British English

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gambitnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈɡæm.bɪt/ us /ˈɡæm.bɪt/

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 political leader 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)