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  • n. Alternative spelling of brinkmanship.


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  • I would not want to sit across the table from her as she practiced her particularly hardnosed brand of brinksmanship; however, the secret to brinksmanship is the ability to drive a situation to the brink of disaster and then knowing exactly when to pull back from that brink.

    What Are Little Girls Made Of | ATTACKERMAN

  • It’s why they’ll engage in brinksmanship but never actually let it happen. cmholm says:

    Matthew Yglesias » US vs Zimbabwe

  • The brinksmanship is a familiar pattern this year between the two parties, who have narrowly averted a federal default and several government shutdowns in past fights.

    The Seattle Times

  • But Obama is acceding to Bush's brinksmanship, which is truly disappointing, Unless he is shrewdly trying to engage the Bushies while running the clock out.

    News Dissector Blog

  • So he really has got to start digging his heels in and trying to convince some of his members, including a lot of these new freshman Tea Partiers that this is not the kind of brinksmanship that is going to be good for the party long term, he said.

    House Speaker Boehner: US Will Not Default on Debt

  • This kind of "brinksmanship" is a hard-ball tactic that isn't usually a good idea.

    Change Perceptions To Become A Better Negotiator | Lifehacker Australia

  • They've seen this kind of brinksmanship so much, most recently in early April when North Korea launched a missile that flew over Japanese territory before landing in the sea.

    CNN Transcript May 25, 2009

  • But we will continue to work with -- the President has a plan there, and it is our hope that we can avoid the kind of brinksmanship that we've seen over the last few years, moving to the end of the year, but only time will tell.

    Press Briefing By Joe Lockhart A

  • This is the kind of brinksmanship you get when leaders of a rogue regime are under growing pressure. Chronicle

  • Some suggest that the mayor is engaged in a kind of brinksmanship with the state, which is struggling to close a $9.2 billion budget gap and has yet to pass a budget.

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