from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Pursuit of an advantage by appearing to be willing to risk a dangerous policy rather than concede a point.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. the policy or practise of pushing a dangerous situation to the brink of disaster (to the limits of safety), in order to achieve the most advantageous outcome; -- used especially of diplomatic maneuvers in crisis situations, and originally applied to the policies of John Foster Dulles under President Eisenhower.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the policy of pushing a dangerous situation to the brink of disaster (to the limits of safety)
1956. From brink + -manship. (Wiktionary)