Definition of numbers game in English:

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numbers game


1often derogatory The use or manipulation of statistics or figures, especially in support of an argument: MPs were today playing the numbers game as the vote drew closer
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  • People were playing numbers games by building flats but we are all about quality and good design.
  • Jim McBride, chef de mission of the Irish team, tries to ensure the athletes know it is a numbers game without that message figuring too much in their preparations.
  • You can play the numbers game - that vague statistic which says one in 10 people are gay or lesbian.
2 (also numbers pool or numbers racket) North American A lottery based on the occurrence of unpredictable numbers in the results of races, a lottery, etc.
Example sentences
  • We can deal more effectively with drug dealers and organized crime figures that run lotteries and numbers rackets and things like that than with terrorists.
  • When it was totally illegal, the Mafia ran prostitution and the numbers rackets right through Chicago and right through New York.
  • It is not a crime to buy a lottery ticket, even in an illegal numbers games.
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