Gambit is a pretty tough word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
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Below you will find the definition of gambit, followed by 35 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(noun) - a maneuver in a game or conversation
EXAMPLES - Gambit in a Sentence
- But Best Buy's private-label gambit has its perils. (source)
- One big gambit is incorporating in the Cayman Islands. (source)
- This is possible, but another explanation is that the gambit is a head fake. (source)
- And the all-or-nothing thinking gambit is just one of ten common weapons he uses. (source)
- It was a gambit similar to opening a fire hose to keep the encroaching oil at bay. (source)
- A senior GOP honcho called the gambit "desperate spin" -- off-the-record, of course. (source)
- Because she (and WJC) got their clocks cleaned in SC, we get this Florida "gambit" ... (source)
- The problem with the madman gambit is that you pretty much have to be a madman to do it. (source)
- Whatever kind of gambit is being played here, it is bigger than any of its parts or pieces. (source)
- ZAKARIA: All right, let me ask you then about the other country in your gambit, which is Pakistan. (source)
- Is this some kind of gambit where you purposely put out ads with zero production value to seem more "authentic"? (source)
- (The MI FL "gambit" was in fact done by the Rules Committee, including Harold Ickes and other Clinton supporters.) (source)
- The Lasker variation of the Queen's gambit is a solid defense that Yusupov mastered and is recommending to his students. (source)
- "Nothing over 120 bpm please Neil Young never goes back and rewrites..." It turns out the gambit was a savvy business move. (source)
- A gambit is a chess opening in which sacrifices are made to gain positional advantage; outside the game it is now taken to mean (source)
- The opening of investigations into Bush crimes should have been a second term gambit or at the very most an end of first term ploy. (source)
- Noriega concludes that the United States should support the "gambit" by backing the outgoing president in his allegations against Venezuela. (source)
- This gambit is a winner in Washington, even if the former president is a tad self-satisfied with his good works relative to, say, other former presidents. (source)
- Because she (and WJC) got their clocks cleaned in SC, we get this Florida "gambit" ... twirling fartknocker wrote on January 29, 2008 3: 31 PM: yuck! simply yuck. (source)
- That sort of gambit is frowned upon by counselors and best captured by the paradoxical statement, 'I know I want to apply early decision, I just don't know where.' (source)
- More interestingly, especially in light of today's story on Saudi Arabia's potential oil price gambit, is the notion that oil production is actually a serious problem for Iran. (source)
- WANG: "The Stimulus Package" is a compelling gambit, an attempt to puncture through digitally induced apathy by convincing hip-hop fans to actually care about a physical CD again. (source)
- Permitting the gambit is a provision of the Environmental Management Act that empowers the government to enact something akin to martial law when faced with an environmental hazard. (source)
- President Obama's plans for US forces in Afghanistan represent another kind of gambit, only the sacrifices there will be counted in the loss of lives, and there's no commitment to victory. (source)
- Even if the gambit is wildly successful, it will not change the fact that the industry is staring down the barrel of free-falling CD sales and insufficient digital volume to make up the slack. (source)
- In one gambit, the Louisiana Chemical Association backed a Senate bill that tried to kill Tulane University's Environmental Law Clinic because of its frequent lawsuits against chemical companies. (source)
- Spokesperson Deborah Fallin says the bill was a desperate gambit to appease Washington so Colorado could qualify for the Race to the Top, an administration program meant to spark education reform. (source)
- The word "gambit" comes up a lot in reference to John McCain's sudden announcement that he will suspend his campaign in order to return to Washington to help broker a deal on the Wall Street bailout. (source)
- Richard Hasen, an election law specialist at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, who supported the voided law in Citizens United, said Ms. Kagan's gambit failed because it let Chief Justice Roberts off the hook. (source)
- But Qiu's gambit in Suqian paid off: he got a promotion to vice governor of the province, had a book written about him, and received an official award as one of the 60 "honored people of reform" over the past 60 years. (source)
- This gambit dramatically backfired when challenged by the "pirate in chief," a Scottish reprinter named Alexander Donaldson, who claimed that the asserted right of private agents to snoop in private homes threatened the public sphere. (source)
- The gambit, which is an obvious attempt from people in the CIA and in the Republican Party who are themselves pro-torture to direct attention away from themselves and to trash the Democrats, is being treated as actual news and as an actual controversy. (source)
- They include a burnt-out CIA operative, a skeptical reporter, a gay rock video producer -- male and female, American and Mexican, ranging the socio-economic gambit from the maids and streetkids of Mexico City, to well-heeled foreign tourists at resorts in Baja and Cancun. (source)
- Of the votes used to give McCain his latest name-calling gambit, a good number of them show Obama on what most voters would consider the right side of issues such as the Iraq war, raising the minimum wage, energy independence, stem cell research and increased domestic security. (source)
- I have heard speculation in published reports today that this might be, and I say might, because I have no guarantee of this, might be some kind of gambit to ultimately go after full custody of little Dannielynn for the purposes of then going after the estate of J. Howard Marshall which, as we know, could be worth half a billion dollars to whoever wins. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 35 example sentences provided below is 55.0, which suggests that "gambit" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.
We have 10 synonyms for gambit.
artifice, design, device, gimmick, jig, maneuver, play, ploy, ruse, trick
We have 2 antonyms for gambit.
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of gambit from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (noun) An opening in chess in which a minor piece, or pieces, usually a pawn, is offered in exchange for a favorable position.
- (noun) A maneuver, stratagem, or ploy, especially one used at an initial stage.
- (noun) A remark intended to open a conversation.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (noun) An opening in chess, in which a minor piece (often a pawn) is sacrificed to gain an advantage.
- (noun) Any ploy or stratagem.
- (noun) A remark intended to open a conversation.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (noun) A mode of opening the game, in which a pawn is sacrificed to gain an attacking position.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (noun) In chess-playing, an opening in which a pawn or a piece is sacrificed, or at least offered, for the sake of, or with the object of obtaining, an advantageous attack.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (noun) a maneuver in a game or conversation
- (noun) a chess move early in the game in which the player sacrifices minor pieces in order to obtain an advantageous position
- (noun) an opening remark intended to secure an advantage for the speaker