gamesmanship
noun Date: 1947 1. the art or practice of winning games by questionable expedients without actually violating the rules 2. the use of ethically dubious methods to gain an objective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Gamesmanship — is the use of dubious (although not technically illegal) methods to win a game, such as golf or snooker. As opposed to sportsmanship, it may be inferred that the term derives from playing for the game (to win at any cost) as opposed to playing… …   Wikipedia

  • gamesmanship — ► NOUN ▪ the art of winning games by using ploys and tactics to gain a psychological advantage. DERIVATIVES gamesman noun …   English terms dictionary

  • gamesmanship — [gāmz′mən ship΄] n. [< GAME1 + (SPORT)SMANSHIP] skill in using ploys to gain a victory or advantage over another person …   English World dictionary

  • gamesmanship — [[t]ge͟ɪmzmənʃɪp[/t]] N UNCOUNT Gamesmanship is the art or practice of winning a game by clever methods which are not against the rules but are very close to cheating. ...a remarkably successful piece of diplomatic gamesmanship …   English dictionary

  • gamesmanship — noun The use of legal but unsporting tactics to gain an advantage over one’s opponent They kept the other team waiting on the field until the last possible moment ndash; that was a clear case of gamesmanship …   Wiktionary

  • gamesmanship — /gaymz meuhn ship /, n. 1. the use of methods, esp. in a sports contest, that are dubious or seemingly improper but not strictly illegal. 2. the technique or practice of manipulating people or events so as to gain an advantage or outwit one s… …   Universalium

  • gamesmanship — Synonyms and related words: Italian hand, acuteness, art, artfulness, artifice, astuteness, cageyness, callidity, canniness, cleverness, competition, craft, craftiness, cunning, cunningness, cutthroat competition, emulation, fine Italian hand,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • gamesmanship — games|man|ship [ˈgeımzmənʃıp] n [U] the ability to succeed by using the rules of a game or activity to your own advantage …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • gamesmanship — games|man|ship [ geımzmən,ʃıp ] noun uncount a way of increasing your chances of success against an opponent by doing things to make your opponent lose confidence …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • gamesmanship — games·man·ship || geɪmzmÉ™nʃɪp n. practice of using legal though dubious methods in order to win games …   English contemporary dictionary

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