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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.
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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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The Supreme Court had ruled on 14 December that the state has no authority to hold the bodies of Palestinians as bargaining chips, and that it must transfer bodies to the families of the deceased for burial.
The German colonel said he understood that the Slovyansk mayor could use the observers as a bargaining chip.
BEIRUT: Prime Minister Najib Mikati said Thursday that the 11 Lebanese being held in Syria were taken hostage in order to be used as bargaining chips in the Lebanese political arena.
The debate comes just prior to the expiry of the mandate for a UN observer mission on July 20, and Lavrov has claimed that the West is using the deadline as a bargaining chip.
"Detainees are not used as bargaining chips in restive provinces, but are considered when the release of a detainee enables better governance, elevates the capacity of Afghan government and can contribute to building trust between fractious tribes," he added.
But Ahmadinejad saw a chance to use those bargaining chips for another cynical purpose - as part of a propaganda offensive in connection with his visit to New York to address this week's U.N.
It also was likely to raise speculation about Iran using the Americans as bargaining chips and could bring added tensions to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's expected visit to New York next month for the UN's annual General Assembly.
Yemen's powerful tribes often kidnap foreigners for use as bargaining chips in disputes with the central government.
Israeli authorities renewed the sentence as part of its efforts to keep him and dozens of Hamas officials as "bargaining chips" in order to trade them for abducted Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.
Friends and family of the accused have alleged that the three are being detained as bargaining chips in the ongoing stand-off over Tehran's nuclear programme.
There are fears Pyongyang is using the women as bargaining chips as the UN debates a new resolution to punish the country for its defiant May 25 atomic test and as North Korea seeks to draw Washington into direct negotiations.
The United States fears Lee and Laura Ling will be used as bargaining chips as the United Nations prepares its response to North Korea's May 25 atomic bomb tests.
After the Obama administration announced its intention to launch new initiatives toward Iran, following the direct address by the US president on the occasion of Nowruz last month, Tehran has discovered that it can retain the bargaining chips it has sought to use in the Levant, before making mutual concessions with Washington.
Tokyo, Mar.26 (ANI): The North Korean Government is likely to use the two American journalists it has detained as bargaining chips in its feuds with the outside world, analysts and politicians in South Korea have claimed.
Al Jazeera's Mariana Sanchez in Villavicencio says that with the release of Jara and the upcoming release of the legislator the Farc is giving up its last two civilian hostages - whom it considered its most valuable bargaining chips with the Colombian government - to send the message the group is adhering to international law and would like to be seen as open for dialogue with the government.