bargaining chip

bargaining chip
leverage in the form of an inducement or a concession useful in successful negotiations
Hypernyms: ↑leverage

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noun, pl ⋯ chips [count]
: something that can be used to gain an advantage when you are trying to make a deal or an agreement

The workers used the threat of a strike as a bargaining chip in their negotiations for a new contract.

called also (Brit) bargaining counter

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ˈbargaining chip [bargaining chip] (BrE also ˈbargaining counter) noun
a fact or a thing that a person or a group of people can use to get an advantage for themselves when they are trying to reach an agreement with another group

Ownership of the land gives us a strong bargaining counter.

Should nuclear weapons be used as bargaining chips in arms negotiations?

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • bargaining chip — bargaining chips N COUNT In negotiations with other people, a bargaining chip is something that you are prepared to give up in order to obtain what you want. Rubio suggests that oil be used as a bargaining chip in any trade talks. Syn: bargaining …   English dictionary

  • bargaining chip — bargaining .chip especially AmE bargaining .counter BrE n something that one person or group in a business deal or political agreement has, that can be used to gain an advantage in the deal …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • bargaining chip — ☆ bargaining chip n. something which can be helpful in negotiation, specif. in eliciting a concession …   English World dictionary

  • bargaining chip — UK [ˈbɑː(r)ɡənɪŋ ˌtʃɪp] / US [ˈbɑrɡənɪŋ ˌtʃɪp] noun [countable] Word forms bargaining chip : singular bargaining chip plural bargaining chips something that you can use to persuade someone to give you what you want …   English dictionary

  • bargaining chip —  Something to be offered.  ► “Last week, Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole offered auctions of digital spectrum as a billion dollar bargaining chip in the ongoing budget negotiations with the White House.” (Broadcasting & Cable, Jan. 8, 1996, p. 4) …   American business jargon

  • (bargaining) chip — n. something to be used in negotiations. □ I want to use this incident as a bargaining chip in future negotiations. □ I need a few chips to use when we get down to drawing up the contract …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • bargaining chip — bar|gain|ing chip [ bargənıŋ ,tʃıp ] noun count something that you can use to persuade someone to give you what you want …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • bargaining chip — bar′gaining chip n. cvb something, as a concession or inducement, that can be used in negotiating • Etymology: 1970–75 …   From formal English to slang

  • bargaining chip — something, as a concession or inducement, that can be used in negotiating. [1970 75] * * * …   Universalium

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