gambit


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Gambit \Gam"bit\, n. [F. gambit, cf. It. gambitto gambit, a
   tripping up. See Gambol, n.] (Chess Playing)
   A mode of opening the game, in which a pawn is sacrificed to
   gain an attacking position.
   [1913 Webster]
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