- 1Play games of chance for money; bet: he gambles on footballMore example sentences
- This book offers a concise and to-the-point directory for anyone who gambles on the Internet or is interested in gambling on the Internet.
- Appropriately for the son of a bookie, his career has often been about gambling on a long game.
- Gambling does, and any player who gambles on baseball or sits with those who conspire to do so risks destroying the very foundation on which the game is built.
- 1.1 [with object] Bet (a sum of money): they gambled their money on cardsMore example sentences
- He usually gambled sums of money between five and one hundred dollars, bottles of champagne, pairs of boots, or new hats.
- Its annual budget was too modest and its financial future too uncertain to gamble big sums on expensive, start-from-scratch studies.
- Instead firms are cutting the money they put into pension funds and telling workers to gamble their savings on the stockmarket through private schemes.
- 2Take risky action in the hope of a desired result: he was gambling on the success of his satellite TV channelMore example sentences
take a chance, take a risk, take a leap in the dark, leave things to chance, speculate, venture, buy a pig in a poke; North American take a flyer• informal stick one's neck out, go out on a limbBritish • informal chance one's armtrust in, take a chance on, bank on
- There are no glamorous high-tech stocks, even though it is always tempting as an investor to gamble on risky firms, he writes.
- Investors began gambling on future returns and more patterns emerged.
- Financial speculators, who are gambling on more chaos in the Middle East, are also pushing up prices.
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- 1An act of gambling: Dad likes a bit of a gambleMore example sentences
- He paused and thought about doubling down, but seemed afraid to put out the extra money on such an insecure gamble.
- Though many see the stock market as a casino, shares are not a gamble.
- He's extremely talented and has good drive and business sense, but this is a gamble and could leave me in a bit of financial trouble if it fails.
- 2A risky action undertaken with the hope of success: we decided to take a gamble and offer him a place on our staffMore example sentences
- If reliability is unknown or unknowable, then they just charge a high premium and take a gamble, hoping to spread a loss to other less-risky areas.
- Some guests want to know at the time of booking precisely what cabin they will have and others are willing to take a gamble in exchange for an upgrade.
- The money stream was very fresh, and they were willing to take a gamble on buying a house and spending as much or more on a remodel.
early 18th century: from obsolete gamel 'play games', or from the verb game1.