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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