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bargaining chip

something, as a concession or inducement, that can be used in negotiating.
Origin of bargaining chip
First recorded in 1970-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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bargaining chip

noun phrase

Something to be offered, conceded, threatened, etc, in negotiations: He is using his information like a bargaining chip/ The boy isn't just a gambling chip, Walter

[1960s+; fr the chip used in gambling]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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