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Chris -- 2011-03-08
An “opening gambit” is a chess move in which one gives up something early in the game that is of minor worth (a pawn, say) to achieve a strategical advantage. For many English speakers “gambit” has lost its association with chess and simply means a ploy, a maneuver. So an “opening gambit” would be a initial action, perhaps a risky one, that expects some response.
There are a couple of dozen pages on the web that have “opening gamble” in a context that does not include actual gambling and on which the phrase appears to be used in the same sense as the metaphorical extensions of “opening gambit.” Three examples:
Book review on Barnes and Noble: “This paranormal romance grips the audience from the opening gamble until the final confrontation with Ar’s former boss.” (http://search.barnesandnoble.com/The-Ho … 451220790/)
Blog entry: “For Nietzsche, this is the divine dice throw: the opening gamble that is our world, and we in it,” (http://eriktrips.livejournal.com/977216.html)
Web fiction: “‘An impressive opening gamble,’ he said as he set his cup
down. ‘I assume you have some evidence to back up this hunch
of yours.’” (http://www.omniscribe.com/baitandswitch10.txt)
Last edited by kem (2008-11-07 20:35:11)
There’s also “running the gambit”—a hazardous undertaking.
(Usually doing duty for “running the gamut” in which case it’s typically less hazardous, but occasionally for “running the gantlet/gauntlet”. Of course, you can also run a/your gambit when you let a hazardous game plan play itself out. 34+12+4+.7k rgh.)
Last edited by DavidTuggy (2008-08-27 18:37:13)
*If the human mind were simple enough for us to understand,
we would be too simple-minded to understand it* .
“Running the gambit” is in the database. http://eggcorns.lascribe.net/english/174/gambit/
Yeah, here’s an example I just encountered of a similar construction (from the website of the great Nash the Slash): “This CD, initially released in 1997, finds Nash the Slash covering the gambit of his artistic landscape – free jazz, avant-garde, classical, rock-n-roll…”
Dixon, “covering the gambit” makes one wonder whether ambit, one of , is within the ambit of gambit and gamut. And limit. “Outside the gambit” is very common. “Very common” these days means more than five hits.
: “ such solicitation falls in the amid of the definition”