gambit - definition and synonyms

noun [countable] 

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  1. 1
    something that you say or do in an attempt to gain an advantage
    opening gambit (=first words or actions):

    an opening gambit in a game of seduction

  2. 2
    a series of moves that you can make at the beginning of a game of chess when you offer a piece, usually a pawn, in order to get an advantage