bargaining chip


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bargaining chip

Something used during a negotiation that provides one party leverage over another party. The company hoped that its generous benefits package would be the bargaining chip it needed to acquire and retain new talent.
See also: bargain, chip

bargaining chip

Fig. something to be used (traded) in negotiations. I want to use their refusal to meet our terms as a bargaining chip in future negotiations. I need to have a few bargaining chips ready when we get down to drawing up the contract.
See also: bargain, chip
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Explains agency spokesman Al Heier, this "surprise" ruling would appear to eliminate a bargaining chip that has proved useful in encouraging the speedy ban of particularly toxic chemicals.
Jask oil terminal will boost Iran s storage capacity and provide the country with a bargaining chip in its oil transactions.
TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior Iranian lawmaker condemned the AP's recent report which misquoted Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani as saying that Iran has excessive enriched uranium and would use it as a bargaining chip in the upcoming talks with the world powers, and said it was the result of US media's biased attitude and compliance with the White House.
Summary: Qatar is using the Arabic TV channel Al-Jazeera as a bargaining chip in talks with other nations, American diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks claimed on Monday.
and as a bargaining chip to wrest civilian rights from the Lebanese government.
Using the baby as a bargaining chip, she forces Carl to reveal why he doesn't want a child with her.
Summary: Lebanese politicians and religious figures reacted over the weekend to comments made last Thursday in Vienna by an Iranian vice president, Gholam Reza Aghazadeh, with two MPs accusing the Islamic Republic of using Lebanon as a bargaining chip in its attempts to resolve the international row over its nuclear program.
Byline: Israel is about to give up its last and most prized bargaining chip with Hezbollah: Samir Kantar.
It was suggested last night that the Rock's bid is needed regardless of the details so that the Government has a bargaining chip to use against Sir Richard Branson.
Unfortunately the terror laws of this country were abused and were used as a bargaining chip used by our Government in an attempt to stop Iran developing nuclear technology.
State after-school funding is being used as a political bargaining chip, and that's not fair to the kids.
Sex is not a bargaining chip to get love or a wedding ring.
The potential use of the consent requirement as a bargaining chip in the appeals or litigation process will be perceived as a significant threat by most taxpayers.
He acknowledges that the threat of SDI brought the Soviets back to the negotiating table and that Reagan could still use it profitably as a bargaining chip.
The Geneva talks resulted in SDI being made a bargaining chip for future arms negotiations.