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Definition of "gamesmanship" []

  • The art or practice of using tactical maneuvers to further one's aims or better one's position: "a sometimes wry, sometimes savage look at the players, political gamesmanship, turf battles and outright chaos that permeated Washington” ( David M. Alpern). (noun)
  • The use in a sport or game of aggressive, often dubious tactics, such as psychological intimidation or disruption of concentration, to gain an advantage over one's opponent. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "gamesmanship" in a sentence
  • "I admit this kind of gamesmanship is beyond my ken."
  • "It always seemed like a lot of PR gamesmanship from a goodly percentage of folks on both sides."
  • "WASHINGTON — A top Washington regulator waded into a programming-fee dispute between Cablevision Systems Corp. and News Corp. 's Fox Television division, telling the two sides that "the time for petty gamesmanship is over.""