opening gambit

opening gambit

One's initial or opening stratagem, maneuver, or tactic meant to give one an advantage. It was a risky opening gambit for the team throwing a hail mary on the first play of the game, but it took their opponents by surprise. The candidate's opening gambit in the debate was to bring up his opponent's marital infidelities, which had come to light in recent weeks.
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opening gambit

Fig. an opening movement, tactic, or statement which is made to secure a position that is to one's advantage. The rebel army's opening gambit was to bomb the city's business district. The prosecution's opening gambit was to call a witness who linked the defendant to the scene of the crime.
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opening gambit

The first move in a contest, game, or competition of some kind. The term comes from chess and is actually redundant, since in that game gambit signifies a way of opening the game that involves sacrificing a pawn or other piece in order to gain some advantage over one’s opponent. It was being used figuratively by the mid-1800s, and for some reason opening was added in later decades.
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They started the season at 10/1, yet following a promising start have dropped to 8/1, while AFC Fylde are now ranked as the bookies' favourites after dropping to 6/1 as they too sit unbeaten with a win and draw from their opening gambit.
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A 'Common Rule Book' is the backbone of the Chequers Plan, which was formalised in the White Paper but at the cost of UK services, as the opening gambit for UK negotiation with the EU.
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Since that opening gambit, Lyon has backed up his words with deeds - far from flattered by his five wickets as Australia surged to a resounding victory to go 1-0 up.
Inviting 600 pals for a slap-up party in the cavernous Sha Tin paddock was a bold enough opening gambit. A horse-drawn carriage arrival as Queen's 'We Are The Champions' boomed around the racecourse added to the ambience.
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I had to smile at Jose Mourinho's opening gambit as he previewed his first Premier League game back at Chelsea, yesterday's clash with Hull.