Russian


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

Russian roulette

1. A potentially fatal game of chance involving a revolver loaded with a single bullet, in which each participant in turn spins the cylinder so that the bullet's location is unknown, puts the barrel to their head, and pulls the trigger. A student of the university died over the weekend after apparently playing a game of Russian roulette with other members of his fraternity.
2. By extension, any reckless, foolish, and/or dangerous act or stunt, especially that in which the risk of danger or trouble is increased with the number of times one does it. Your company might have passed its audit this year, Mr. Fisk, but every year is going to be Russian roulette so long as this embezzlement continues. You're playing Russian roulette every single time you get behind the wheel of a car when you've been drinking.
See also: roulette, Russian

Black Russian

An alcoholic beverage made of coffee liqueur and vodka. Usually served over ice. Can I get a rum and coke, a glass of wine, and a Black Russian, please? I love Black Russians, but Ryan can't stand them. I think it's because he doesn't like the taste of coffee.
See also: black, Russian

play Russian roulette

1. Literally, to participate in a potentially deadly game of chance involving a revolver loaded with a single bullet, in which a participant spins the cylinder so that the bullet's location is unknown, puts the barrel to their head, and pull the trigger. A university student died while apparently playing Russian roulette with other members of his fraternity.
2. By extension, to commit or participate in any reckless, foolish, and/or dangerous act or stunt, especially that in which the risk of danger or trouble is increased with the number of times one repeats it. You're playing Russian roulette every single time you get behind the wheel of a car when you've been drinking.
See also: play, roulette, Russian

play Russian roulette

COMMON If someone plays Russian roulette, they take big risks by doing something that might cause great problems or danger. Many organisations are playing Russian roulette with their greatest assets — their staff and their reputation. We're playing Russian roulette with our health, eating this rubbish. Note: If someone plays Russian roulette, they fire a gun containing only one bullet at their head without knowing whether the bullet will be released or not.
See also: play, roulette, Russian

play ˌRussian rouˈlette

take dangerous risks: The airline was accused of playing Russian roulette with the lives of their passengers.
Russian roulette is a dangerous game in which a person shoots a gun at their own head. The gun only contains one bullet so the person does not know if it will fire or not.
See also: play, roulette, Russian
References in periodicals archive ?
Under Gaidar and Chubais, the Russian government began a program of privatization by distributing shares of state-owned property to ordinary Russian citizens.
The major choreographic hit in the past New York ballet season was Russian Seasons for New York City Ballet by Alexei Ratmansky, a Westernized graduate of the Bolshoi School who is now artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet and who returned last August with his company for yet another Covent Garden visit.
As a result, this later Black Square (the artist's fourth), instead of aligning Malevich with the curators' cliched premise of Russian mysticism, places him within the postmodern discourse of seriality and repetition.
It is instructive to keep in mind how dependent both the domestic and export sectors of the Russian economy are on energy production, especially oil.
Being Russian also helps,'' said Armen Ter-Tatevosian, founder and president of the competition in which three out of four finalists hail from Mother Russia.
Herlihy emphasizes the professionals' challenge to the prerogatives inherent in autocratic decision-making, but an equally important story here is the medicalization of the Russian body, including the political one.
With each group, a team is developed with expertise in scientific and management skills to develop a winning course of action for selected Russian camps.
Solzhenitsyn has claimed that he was merely telling it like it was, but August 1914 embellishes history considerably: While Bogrov was a thoroughly assimilated revolutionary from a family of third-generation converts, Solzhenitsyn saddles him with a Jewish first name, Mordko (a diminutive of Mordecai), and the fictitious motive of trying to undermine the Russian state to help the Jews.
A few museum highlights worth noting are the island's only wolf, which apparently braved a crossing over the sea ice front Siberia only to be shot, stuffed and encased as an exhibit, Japanese samurai swords and copies of Russian and Soviet documents that not-so-subtly fuel the flames of the dispute between Russia and Japan over possession of the South Kuril Islands.
Nowhere else has a country made such a commitment to strictly protecting nature as in the zapovednik network," says Margaret Williams (no relation to the author), director of the Center for Russian Nature Conservation (CRNC) in Washington, D.
I think we're pretty lucky by Russian standards," says Mikhail.
The first stop on his European journey was at Sofia, Bulgaria, where Florovsky spent his two year stay tutoring the young children of the Russian diplomatic representative in Sofia, editing and proof-reading for the Russian-Bulgarian Publishing House, participating in the activities of the Russian Religious-Philosophical Society, and engaging in an elite discussion circle, which later gave birth to the so-called "Eurasian Movement.
Readers of Russian newspapers were not at all surprised by recent stories about Enron.
THE NEW RUSSIAN STATE CREATED after the dissolution of the Soviet Union in December 1991 is neither a simple continuation of its legal Soviet predecessor nor of the former Russian Empire, which ended during World War I in 1917.
Up From Bondage: The Literatures of Russian and African American Soul.
Full browser ?