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all bets are off

1. That which seemed certain or foreseeable in the future is now completely unpredictable. The team seemed poised for a deep playoff run, but now that their star player is injured, all bets are off.
2. Referring to an agreement that has broken down, been reneged upon, or is no longer valid. All bets are off on the proposed tax measure, as members in congress have failed to come up with a bipartisan solution.
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all bets off, as no one could decide if the tiny bit of yellow could be called a yolk.
The Magpies entertain Manchester United at St James' Park on Saturday evening with all bets off as they attempt to end a run of nine Barclays Premier League games without a win.
It reads: "Race declared void due to being started before advertised time - all bets off.
All bets off as Cardiff fails to hit UK casino jackpot: Cardiff was today beaten by shock winner Manchester in the race to host the UK's first Las Vegas-style super casino.
Coventry sit five places and 10 points higher than Bees but Maynard said: "The form book goes out of the window and it is all bets off at the start of the game.
There is other imagery as well - in All Bets Off, 1995, a large skull, defamiliarized by its size, its angle of view, and the pasty, phosphorescent quality of its whiteness; in Breach, a man's prone body tied up under a wall.
Two teams like to run and, if it's a dry day at Croke Park, it will all bets off and a great spectacle.
35 Sandown back 4 Strong traveller who's still improving, overcoming a wide draw in good style last time; this drop in trip is in his favour if anything 7 All bets off if there's rain and the going is any slower than good The far rail is four metres in from its widest position, which means the draw ought not be the deciding factor.
A spokesman added that the company called all bets off when four or five punters called, asking about odds on a shock double eviction.
Bookies Paddy Power came up with Motty's usual sayings and relevant odds, with all bets off if he failed to deliver any of them.