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OP Posted because I may not be the only one unfamiliar with etymology.
Date: Wed Oct 3 00:05:08 EDT 2001
gambit (GAM-bit) noun
1. An opening in which a minor piece is sacrificed to obtain a strategic
2. A maneuver used to secure an advantage.
3. A remark used to open or redirect a conversation.
[From Spanish gambito, from Italian gambetto (the act of tripping someone),
from gamba (leg).]
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