Adjective "gambit" definition and examples

(Gambit may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


An act or remark that is calculated to gain an advantage, especially at the outset of a situation.
  1. 'The prosecution made a similar gambit, less before the jury - because the facts were on its side - than to the public at large.'
  2. 'The point, though, is that the gambit, which is ubiquitous in the public sphere, is inherently political, engages in hidden rhetorical work.'
  3. 'Parody-accusation is all well and good, but the gambit is becoming so commonplace I fear for the very future of vitriolic anti-feminist commentary.'
  4. 'You are invited to contribute some gambits of your own.'
  5. 'The loser of this copycat election will lament all the strategic gambits that fell short in the end.'
  6. 'Assign your staff to build the sort of book on Russert's techniques, rhetorical gambits, and political obsessions that you'd want going into a debate with an opposing candidate.'
  7. 'I can't usefully compare future possibilities to current capabilities, but I've noticed patterns in the conversational gambits used in such discussions.'
  8. 'He also gave it an incredibly small number of conversational gambits.'
  9. 'After all, he relies on a similar gambit in his story ‘Miracle in a Bottle’ to gauge the popularity of the diet drug Zantrex.'
  10. 'Almost certainly there are other gambits in preparation to be used against us.'
(in chess) an opening move in which a player makes a sacrifice, typically of a pawn, for the sake of a compensating advantage.
  1. 'This book is geared toward the average player, but there is no discussion of gambit tries by white.'
  2. 'It's easy to recommend this book as essential material for those involved with this gambit on either side of the board.'
  3. 'True fans of the gambit should consider this a challenge.'

More definitions

1. Chess. an opening in which a player seeks to obtain some advantage by sacrificing a pawn or piece.

2. any maneuver by which one seeks to gain an advantage.

3. a remark made to open or redirect a conversation.

More examples(as adjective)

"highs can be gambit."


Mid 17th century: originally gambett, from Italian gambetto, literally ‘tripping up’, from gamba ‘leg’.