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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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.
Six victories from their first eight outings leaves the six-time champions sitting pretty atop the NRL ladder and they look to have a great opportunity to continue their fine opening gambit against the misfiring Penrith Panthers.
Meanwhile, Lowe admitted she was left scratching her head after her opening gambit left her with more questions than answers.
Air Force, reiterating that Grounded "should be understood as part of the opening gambit for a restructuring of U.
Yet half-cocked though it was, the opening ceremony was a welcome relief from what came before it: ITV's opening gambit of the 2014 World Cup.
Glorious is a confident opening gambit for the Southampton-born singer, who won a Grammy for Clarity, her collaboration with Zedd.
You need to appreciate that due to it being a legal investigation I can't really comment on anything," he said in a brief opening gambit.
But unlike Johnson's unerring throat balls, Payne's opening gambit drifted compliantly on to the pads as Trott got under way with a trademark clip past midwicket for two.
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".
Spurs boss Harry Redknapp branded the Blues' opening gambit as "ridiculous" and also gave short shrift to the second.