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gambit (noun) the opening move or moves in chess; words or deeds giving advantage to you over your opponent in a transaction.

A gambit is the opening move or moves in chess, supposed to be of advantage to the player making the move or moves. In a debate, argument, or fight, the opening remarks or steps you take with the hope of having some advantage from them over your opponent is a gambit. 'The gambit paid off' - this means that the opening step or argument that the person has made has given them some advantage.

  • Jeremy began his speech in the Senate by proposing some relief measures for the lower income groups, and the opposition saw it as a mere gambit to gain the support of the voters in the coming elections.
  • The gambit of the player who made the first move was to offer a pawn as bait, which the opposite player swallowed and lost the game.
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