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[geymz-muh n-ship] /ˈgeɪmz mənˌʃɪp/
the use of methods, especially in a sports contest, that are dubious or seemingly improper but not strictly illegal.
the technique or practice of manipulating people or events so as to gain an advantage or outwit one's opponents or competitors.
Origin of gamesmanship
1945-50; game1 + -s3 + -manship, perhaps on the model of sportsmanship Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for gamesmanship
  • We can speculate if this is gamesmanship or following blind prejudice.
  • Flopping, as it's known in soccer, has long been a part of the sport's innate gamesmanship.
  • In an era of great-power gamesmanship, that may be wishful thinking.
  • Do everything at the line of scrimmage to combat that, there was a little bit of gamesmanship on their side.
  • gamesmanship and fighting is part of the process but this went way too far.
  • It's a sincerely-held belief on my part and has nothing to do with gamesmanship.
  • Their enjoyable posturing shows off great looks and impressive gamesmanship, but it doesn't offer much surprise.
  • Lurid sensationalism and computer gamesmanship left this filmmaker's earlier work looking hollow and manipulative.
  • Participants will work on game fundamentals, stroke work, serves and gamesmanship.
  • There is no reason, other than partisan gamesmanship, that the repeal legislation has to be drafted this way.
British Dictionary definitions for gamesmanship


(informal) the art of winning games or defeating opponents by clever or cunning practices without actually cheating
Derived Forms
gamesman, noun
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