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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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Defense Secretary Robert Gates has revealed that President Barack Obama's decision to order a kill of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was akin to a blind shot at rolling the dice.
RollInG the dice and playing the slots at one US casino may have gamblers cashing in on an unexpected jackpot - botox, cheek implants or liposuction.
Of course, if we keep rolling the dice long enough, accidents should be expected.
Barraland represents Britain, and his trainer Mick Channon said: "We're rolling the dice to see where we are with the two-year-olds.
We are rolling the dice with you, judge,'' a disgusted Sen.
Taylor wanted to move 180 degrees from Cunningham, whose method of finding inspiration he likened to choreographing by rolling the dice, and from the mythological agonies of Graham, whose women dancers were swathed in fabric while her men were nearly nude.
We don't know who will be rolling the dice, but I'm sure the people at Dance at the Music Center will select someone interesting,'' Cunningham said during a recent telephone interview from his studio in New York.
For example, Travel Cards allow you to move a prescribed number of spaces, forward or back, instead of rolling the dice.
The point is, if you worry about what other people think and don't investigate this field, then you're rolling the dice in your career.
It's like rolling the dice on a technology that most experts believe will never work.
The player continues rolling the dice until the arrow lands on a bomb; the bomb explodes, and the player is transitioned into the second stage of the bonus round.
Every time you puff a cigarette," Arnold said, "you're rolling the dice with your health.
After three years of nickel-and-dime operation out of her Burbank garage, Tammy Talbot's rolling the dice and taking her hipster jewelry business, Lucky 11, international.
Outside of a couple of vaguely colorful women, the wanna-bes are strictly generic youngsters rolling the dice for a free pass to stardom (it's interesting how so many of them have already sussed out how to behave like show-biz phonies).
So now the tour is rolling the dice in search of another venue.