Definition of brinkmanship in English:

brinkmanship

(also brinksmanship)

noun

mass noun
  • The art or practice of pursuing a dangerous policy to the limits of safety before stopping, especially in politics.

    ‘in any game of brinkmanship, it is possible that one side will collapse suddenly’
    • ‘But there's a strange niggling as we enter into this new era of musical brinkmanship.’
    • ‘Smelling brinksmanship, the media have started piling on.’
    • ‘The North should rid itself of the illusion that brinkmanship will be effective.’
    • ‘We will know he cares when he stops playing brinksmanship.’
    • ‘Its current brinkmanship is the work of a regime in which moderates have little room left to maneuver.’
    • ‘I just want to briefly dabble in disaster brinksmanship.’
    • ‘David Mamet's cinematic creations are often stylized portraits of greed, betrayal and brinksmanship.’
    • ‘The latest elections should go some way toward arresting a hitherto dangerous game of brinksmanship.’
    • ‘But in working out his political strategy, he played a dangerous game of political brinkmanship.’
    • ‘But this game of political brinkmanship has already gone too far.’
    • ‘But it could be also interpreted as further brinksmanship, designed to hurriedly solve its food and oil shortages.’
    • ‘But there is a game of brinkmanship going on here too.’
    • ‘In his foreign policy, Clinton often combined brinkmanship with indecision over the use of military force.’
    • ‘But fans of political intrigue at the highest levels of brinkmanship will likely be happy with this film.’
    • ‘But in the federal arena, belligerents on both sides are escalating their brinksmanship.’
    • ‘My intervention came in the nick of time, and tested the very limits of his fistfight brinkmanship.’
    • ‘Burgundian winemakers revel in this brinkmanship.’
    • ‘I mean, if they're playing brinkmanship, I think they're playing with the wrong guy.’
    • ‘Melissa in a game of brinkmanship accused Zork of infidelity which enraged him.’
    • ‘The appeasement policies encouraged Hitler, the master of brinkmanship.’

Pronunciation

brinkmanship

/ˈbrɪŋkmənʃɪp/