Definition of play the percentages or the percentage game in English:

play the percentages (or the percentage game)

  • informal Choose a safe and methodical course of action when calculating the odds in favor of success.
    [referring to the calculated percentage of success from statistics]
    More example sentences
    • I'm quite a percentage kind of person and I play the percentages in pretty much everything I do.
    • Not for him playing the percentages, patting the ball round and favouring the cautious above the cavalier.
    • Of course, not many people play the percentages as well as that so the casino still makes a nice profit at blackjack.
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