one-armed bandit


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one-armed bandit

A slot machine, as in It's amazing how many people think they can make money playing a one-armed bandit. This term refers to both appearance and function: the operating lever looks like an arm, and the machine in effect robs players, since it "wins" and keeps the player's money in an overwhelming majority of instances. [c. 1930]
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Just check your number against the Sunday People one-armed bandit above right and you could "hit the jackpot" in an instant.
Norse Dancer bids to erase an uncharacteristic flop when trailing in tenth of 11 behind Rakti in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, with Elsworth declaring: 'Unless you pull the one-armed bandit, you don't win the jackpot.
Over the past months this machine constantly proved itself as the net's one armed Santa Claus rather than a one-armed bandit.
Just match your numbers with the Sunday People's lucky one-armed bandit on the right and you're a big winner.
Midland brewer Bass has hit a pounds 70million jackpot by selling off its big fruit machine distributor BLMS, completing its withdrawal from the one-armed bandit business.
1million jackpot after staking just pounds 1 on an internet one-armed bandit - thanks to a noisy dog.
The one-armed bandit handle on the side isn't just for show, give it a yank and await your symbols to line up three-ina -row.
The killing became known as the One-Armed Bandit murder and partly inspired the 1971 gangster classic Get Carter, starring Michael Caine and Britt Eckland and set in the North-East.
I had just kicked and furiously shaken one of the one-armed bandit machines which had swallowed all my money without paying out the jackpot.
As he runs away in jubilation, his eyes roll maniacally, spinning like the reels of a one-armed bandit before locking on the jackpot winning line.
Now things at the Plume And Feathers at Weedon, Northants, have been going kerchunk in the night as flutter fan George takes to the one-armed bandit for his nightly poltergeist pay-out.
Cisse got less change out of former Newcastle defender Sebastien Bassong and ex-Sunderland centre-back Michael Turner than a penny gambler from a one-armed bandit, but Pardew's problems run deeper than results on the pitch.
ONE-ARMED bandit arcades have been rapped for allowing a child to gamble on fruit machines.
Luvaglio, his brother Vince Landa and Sibbett were partners, supplying one-armed bandit machines to clubs throughout the North-East.
However, the way certain sections of the right-wing Press are behaving you'd think that anyone who sets foot in a casino or puts a few pence into a one-armed bandit is on the road to financial ruin.