bargaining chip

bar·gain chip
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [bahr-guh n chip]
    • /ˈbɑr gən tʃɪp/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [bahr-guh n chip]
    • /ˈbɑr gən tʃɪp/

Definitions of bargaining chip words

  • countable noun bargaining chip In negotiations with other people, a bargaining chip is something that you are prepared to give up in order to obtain what you want. 3
  • noun bargaining chip something that is used as leverage in a negotiation 3
  • noun bargaining chip something which can be helpful in negotiation, specif. in eliciting a concession 3
  • noun bargaining chip something, as a concession or inducement, that can be used in negotiating. 1
  • noun bargaining chip sth useful to negotiation 1
  • noun bargaining chip Something used as a leverage in negotiations. 0

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Origin of bargaining chip

First appearance:

before 1970
One of the 2% newest English words
First recorded in 1970-75

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Parts of speech for Bargaining chip


bargaining chip popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 31% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 71% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

bargaining chip usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for bargaining chip

noun bargaining chip

  • leverage — the action of a lever, a rigid bar that pivots about one point and that is used to move an object at a second point by a force applied at a third.
  • advantage — An advantage is something that puts you in a better position than other people.
  • clout — If you clout someone, you hit them.
  • edge — a line or border at which a surface terminates: Grass grew along the edges of the road. The paper had deckle edges.
  • influence — the capacity or power of persons or things to be a compelling force on or produce effects on the actions, behavior, opinions, etc., of others: He used family influence to get the contract.

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