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gambit

gam·bit

gambit

 
 
pronunciation:
gaem biht
part of speech: noun
definition 1: in chess, a tactic of sacrificing a pawn or other piece in order to gain an advantage.
similar words:
tactics
definition 2: a tactic or maneuver designed to gain an advantage, esp. one that involves some sacrifice on one's part.
Offering his services for no pay was a gambit that paid off, because it allowed him to make a name for himself and eventually get high-paying clients.
similar words:
maneuver, ploy
definition 3: a remark or question used to open a conversation.