a method developed in Japan of defending oneself without the use of weapons by using the strength and weight of an adversary to disable him.
the use of an opponent's strengths or one's own weaknesses to accomplish one's goals: That was a kind of intellectual jujitsu, the way she handily won the debate.The town of Vacaville, in a prime example of touristic jujitsu, turned its isolation into an attraction in itself.
to turn (a situation) to one's advantage by exploiting one's own weaknesses or another's strengths, as in a social or political relationship: He deftly jujitsued the conversation to make my knowledge of the subject seem pretentious.
- Also ju·jut·su, jiu·jut·su [joo-juht-soo, -joo-] /dʒuˈdʒʌt su, -ˈdʒʊ-/ .
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How to use jujitsu in a sentence
He then followed up that intervention with an even more jaw-dropping act of forensic jujitsu, getting one of his would be killers to confess to the crime.Alexey Navalny Is Succeeding Where Putin's Other Opponents Have Failed. Why? | Michael Weiss | January 27, 2021 | Time
Last night, Lieberman began playing jujitsu with the charges in prime time.
And in these bad economic times, the Democrats are using it to achieve a kind of political jujitsu.Peter Beinart: The Democratic Convention’s Message Discipline | Peter Beinart | September 5, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Moussa, a career diplomat and far more practiced public speaker, proved himself a master of verbal jujitsu.Moussa, Aboul Fotouh Spar in Egypt’s Epic First Presidential Debate | Ashraf Khalil | May 11, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Asra Nomani on how the Muslim community rose to her defense in a game of 'shame jujitsu.'
Nancy Snow, a professor of cross-cultural communications at California State University, Fullerton, calls it “shame jujitsu.”
The boys are also taught asanas (postures), sword and lathi (stick) play, and jujitsu.Autobiography of a YOGI | Paramhansa Yogananda
He grabbed the extended right arm to give it a jujitsu move up and to the back of the body.David Lannarck, Midget | George S. Harney
He reached forward in a jujitsu maneuver, grabbed a coat sleeve and a handful of suit coat.Black Man's Burden | Dallas McCord Reynolds
British Dictionary definitions for jujitsu
the traditional Japanese system of unarmed self-defence perfected by the samurai: See also judo
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