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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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.
Usapin ng hustisiya ito, ang panawagan para sa release ng mga political prisoners (We condemn President Duterte's treatment of political prisoners as bargaining chip.
Holding on to the two additional bargaining chips also means delaying a Palestinian reconciliation and failing to solve the obstacles to such an achievement.
They do become bargaining chips," said Andrei Lankov, a professor of North Korean studies at Kookmin University in Seoul.
It has also been weakened by the deaths of several senior commanders, desertions due to low morale and the rescue in July of a group of captives it had hoped to use as other bargaining chips, including Ingrid Betancourt, the French-Colombian politician, and three US contractors.
It was immoral that two players whose contracts were owned by a third party should be used as bargaining chips in a messy takeover war.
So, you have to bargain for it--and you need to know what kinds of bargaining chips you have to work with.
In "Hostages to Fortune," a couple uses their children as bargaining chips in their troubled marriage.
Nigerian militants have blown up oil pipelines to further demands for local control of oil revenues while other groups have kidnapped oil workers to use as bargaining chips to put pressure on companies to create jobs or improve benefits.
THE victims of the Lockerbie disaster have been reduced to bargaining chips in the diplomatic haggling between Libya and the United States.
US President George W Bush, who rejected Taliban attempts to use them as bargaining chips, said: "I'm thankful they're safe, and I'm pleased with our military for conducting this operation.
Indeed, the idea of arms control keeps the nuclear weapon level unreasonably high because each side wishes to use them as bargaining chips.
Australian defense treaties as bargaining chips, which probably means that he intends to use them.
The potential magnitude of the penalties also may encourage agents to use the penalties as bargaining chips in negotiations.