Last modified on 2 May 2015, at 16:00

gambit

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From French, from Spanish gambito, from Italian gambetto (gambit, trip), from gamba (leg), from Latin gamba (calf).

NounEdit

gambit (plural gambits)

  1. An opening in chess, in which a minor piece (often a pawn) is sacrificed to gain an advantage.
    Her clever opening gambit gave her an advantage.
  2. Any ploy or stratagem.
    Their promise to lower taxes is clearly an election-year gambit.
  3. A remark intended to open a conversation.

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