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Date: 1600-1700
Language: Italian
Origin: gambetto 'act of making someone fall over', from gamba 'leg'

gambit

noun
     
Related topics: Board Games
gam‧bit [countable]
1 something that you do or say which is intended to give you an advantage in an argument:
a clever debating gambit
These questions are often an opening gambit (=the thing you say first) for a negotiation.
2DGB a planned series of moves at the beginning of a game of chess

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