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  • 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..
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    • 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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a small amount; a little