Meaning of brinkmanship

brink•man•ship

Pronunciation: (bringk'mun-ship"), [key]
— n.
  1. the technique or practice of maneuvering a dangerous situation to the limits of tolerance or safety in order to secure the greatest advantage, esp. by creating diplomatic crises.
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