opening gambit

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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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.
So despite allowing Sale to at one point close within eight points, a six-try, 50-point opening gambit is certainly nothing to be sniffed at, and in Lovobalavu Wasps have unearthed a player who could make a big impact on their Premiership and European campaigns.
West Brom are understood to have rejected two bids from Leicester for Evans this summer before dismissing City's opening gambit.
Everton's reported offer appears to be only an opening gambit, the Toffeemen apparently prepared to pay almost double that - PS15m - for the youngster.
And having had that infamous poster of him sitting naked at an organ (a scene from a Monty Python sketch, I hasten to add) hanging on the wall of my student digs for years, I still can't imagine a better opening gambit.
Mr Cameron's opening gambit was to send out a leaflet to every home in England and Wales - Scotland and Ireland will get theirs later.
Madrid's opening gambit of PS15m was never going to tempt United to sell, despite the fact that De Gea has less than 12 months left on his contract.
Glorious is a confident opening gambit for what will be an impressive future for the Southampton-born singer, who won a Grammy for Clarity, her collaboration with Zedd.
That's the attention-grabbing opening gambit of this three-part factual drama - part of the BBC's World War One centenary programming.
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.
Led by a bunch of spunky actors, the opening gambit - where actors 'warm up' before their performance - is arguably the best bit.
Great opening gambit by the Greensboro staff: they misspelled Buffett's name in the main headline of the purchase story in Thursday's paper.
The coverage was illuminated by commentator Kent Walton, famous for his opening gambit of "Greetings, grapple fans
In his opening gambit, the funnyman said organisers had warned him that were he to insult anyone on hand, or "offend any viewers, or cause any controversy whatsoever - they will definitely invite me back next year as well".