Variant(s): also brinks·man·ship
: the art or practice of pushing a dangerous situation or confrontation to the limit of safety especially to force a desired outcome
The practice, especially in international politics, of seeking advantage by creating the impression that one is willing and able to push a highly dangerous situation to the limit rather than concede.
brink•man•ship (NAmE also brinks•man•ship) noun [U] the activity, especially in politics, of getting into a situation that could be very dangerous in order to frighten people and make them do what you want: engaged in a deadly game of political brinkmanship
the activity, especially in politics, of trying to get what you want by saying that if you do not get it, you will do something dangerous
The talks have collapsed and both sides have resorted to brinkmanship.
brinkmanship and brinksmanship noun especially in politics and international affairs: the art or practice of going to the very edge of a dangerous situation (eg war) before moving back or withdrawing.
* Spiel, das; -(e)s, -e
6. Handlungsweise, Verhalten: ein gefährliches, gewagtes, verwegenes, sträfliches, leichtfertiges, galantes, frivoles, verwerfliches S.;
* gefạ̈hrlich /Adj./ gefahrbringend, unheildrohend:
ein g. Spiel treiben;