brinkmanship brinkmanship  /b ˈrɪŋk mən ˌʃɪp/


  • (n) the policy of pushing a dangerous situation to the brink of disaster (to the limits of safety)


  1. Given the petty nature of the dispute, it's tempting to see the breakdown as a result of a regional game of brinkmanship.
  2. Kim Jong Il's brinkmanship is stoking a humanitarian crisis in North Korea.
  3. Kim Jong Il's brinkmanship is stoking a humanitarian crisis in North Korea.


  1. Here Was Cuba: Film Review

    The sobering Irish documentary looks back at the hair-raising nuclear brinkmanship of the Cuban Missile Crisis. read more
    on June 14, 2013     Source: The Hollywood Reporter

  2. Americans Really Hate Congress, But They're Feeling a Bit Better About Banks

    It's no surprise that Americans are getting fed up with a Congress that seems to be more interested in brinkmanship and bickering than legislating and compromising. But while members of Congress continue their spats, the stock of other institutions, including banks and organized religion, is going up.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: National Journal via Yahoo! News

  3. Mixed Markets on Monday

    U.S. markets barely flinched Monday after credit rating firm Standard & Poor's upgraded the U.S. rating outlook from negative to stable. The S&P cited an improved outlook for the nation's debt, though it acknowledged brinkmanship was still an issue in Washington.
    on June 11, 2013     Source:

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  1. "If this is the way the Indian board intends to conduct its affairs hereafter, then God help cricket," Roebuck wrote. "Brinkmanship or not, threatening to take their bat and ball home in the event of a resented verdict being allowed to stand...
    on Jan 29, 2008 By: Peter Roebuck Source: Yahoo! Eurosport

  2. "This brinkmanship between Greece and the rest of the region is likely to come to a head this week," analysts at JPMorgan said in a note to clients. "If the rest of the region does not propose something that is acceptable to the Greeks at...
    on Mar 21, 2010 By: JP Morgan Source: Reuters

  3. Mr O'Donovan said: "We've seen stabilisation of spot prices over the last couple of weeks. Part of the conundrum is how much brinkmanship has been going on with foreign buyers hanging off trying to force prices lower but eventually having to come in...
    on Jan 7, 2009 By: Donovan Source:

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