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roll the dice

1. Literally, to roll dice, as for or in a game of chance. I'm usually not much of a gambler, but I couldn't resist heading to the craps table to roll the dice!
2. By extension, to take some risk on the hope or chance of a fortunate outcome. Look, worst case scenario is that we get hit with a fine, so I say we just roll the dice and hope it doesn't come to that.
See also: dice, roll
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I rolled the dice and got a six, on the first line I have no choice.
Peter Bainbridge, who runs the auction house that sold the blue and white porcelain piece covered in dragons, said: "It was a dice bowl used for games but you wouldn't have shaken it, you would have just rolled the dice in.
Obama rolled the dice with a blind-and ultimately spot-on-shot at Osama bin Laden," Gates, the one-time CIA head, said during an interview with CBS.
With that, she stripped from the neck down, rolled the dice and yelled, "Come on, baby, Mama needs new clothes
We could have rolled the dice and possibly got it at a cheaper price," Bank of America CEO Ken Lewis said at the time of the takeover--not exactly music to shareholders' ears.
rolled the dice a year ago on an aggressive profitability strategy, and it seems the gamble is paying off.
He rolled the dice and it hit my foot and he said it counted.
Immediately following dinner a Hank Lane jazz band kicked off the casino where guests rolled the dice for charity playing craps, blackjack, poker, roulette and more.
According to Preston Widoff, the trial lawyer for Duke & Karikas who won the sky-high award, "the defendants rolled the dice by refusing to settle for a fraction of the award after the accident.
One interpretation of our findings," says Leslie, "is that studios are no better at deciding which films are risky projects than if they just rolled the dice.
Ranieri rolled the dice in the gambling capital of Europe and replaced defender Mario Melchiot with striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and then midfielder Scott Parker by young defender Robert Huth.
I rolled the dice on that shot and I thought I hit a really good shot and I got unlucky with the bounce.
I guess I rolled the dice,'' Welch said of the sideline tantrum two weeks ago.
For the part of the sweet, Southern belle, Lee and Schamus rolled the dice and cast folk-pop singer Jewel in her first movie role.