gimmick gim‧mick [ˈgɪmɪk] noun [countable] disapproving
a trick or object that makes you notice a product and want to buy it:

• It would be foolish to dismiss the videophone as nothing more than a gimmick.

— gimmicky adjective :

• a gimmicky new product for gadget-hungry consumers

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gimmick UK US /ˈgɪmɪk/ noun [C]
something that is not serious or of real value, which is used to attract people's attention or interest: »

The Senate opened debate on the balanced-budget amendment, with Democrats calling it a gimmick.

advertising/marketing/promotional gimmick »

Some Wall Street bankers say one-stop shopping is more of a marketing gimmick by the banks.


The fan-voting element is little more than a gimmick that helps the network distinguish its award show from others.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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