gambit

[ gam-bit ]
/ ˈgæm bɪt /

noun

Chess. an opening in which a player seeks to obtain some advantage by sacrificing a pawn or piece.
any maneuver by which one seeks to gain an advantage.
a remark made to open or redirect a conversation.

Origin of gambit

1650–60; < French < Spanish gambito or Italian gambetto (akin to Old French gambet, jambet), equivalent to gamb(a) leg + -etta -et

Can be confused

gambit gamut gantlet gauntlet
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gambit

/ (ˈɡæmbɪt) /

noun

chess an opening move in which a chessman, usually a pawn, is sacrificed to secure an advantageous position
an opening comment, manoeuvre, etc, intended to secure an advantage or promote a point of view

Word Origin for gambit

C17: from French, from Italian gambetto a tripping up, from gamba leg
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