brinkmanship

[ bringk-muhn-ship ]
/ ˈbrɪŋk mənˌʃɪp /

noun

the technique or practice of maneuvering a dangerous situation to the limits of tolerance or safety in order to secure the greatest advantage, especially by creating diplomatic crises.

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Also brinks·man·ship [bringks-muhn-ship]. /ˈbrɪŋks mənˌʃɪp/.

Origin of brinkmanship

brink + -manship, by analogy with sportsmanship,gamesmanship, etc.; coined by Adlai E.Stevenson in 1956, criticizing the foreign policy of John Foster Dulles

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British Dictionary definitions for brinkmanship

brinkmanship
/ (ˈbrɪŋkmənˌʃɪp) /

noun

the art or practice of pressing a dangerous situation, esp in international affairs, to the limit of safety and peace in order to win an advantage from a threatening or tenacious foe
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Cultural definitions for brinkmanship

brinkmanship

The policy of a nation that pushes a dangerous situation to the limits of safety (the “brink”) before pulling back; an aggressive and adventurous foreign policy.

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