Definition of Russian roulette in English:

Russian roulette

Line breaks: Rus|sian rou|lette

noun

[mass noun]
  • 1The practice of loading a bullet into one chamber of a revolver, spinning the cylinder, and then pulling the trigger while pointing the gun at one’s own head.
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    • Unfortunately, not playing ball on trade agreements is like playing Russian roulette with a bullet in every chamber.
    • This is the nautical equivalent of playing Russian roulette with three chambers loaded.
    • Doctors will argue it's a game of Russian roulette and the next one may be the bullet, or that some people simply have good genes that will eventually catch up with them.
  • 1.1An activity that is potentially very dangerous: we can’t afford to play Russian Roulette with our existing antibiotics
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    • It is vital that schoolchildren are shown that glue sniffing is not just an innocent pastime, but a game of Russian roulette.
    • Pandering to the seniors is something of a political game of Russian roulette: Yes, they vote in high numbers.
    • In trying to subdue Afghanistan, the Soviets may well be playing a game of Russian roulette.

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