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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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Another person rolls the dice and calls out the bug and body part rolled.
Similarly, when landing on "GO TO JAIL," the lower SES must go directly to jail and remain there until doubles are rolled; the working SES must go directly to jail, but can pay $50 to get out on the next or any of the following turns or remain there until doubles are rolled; middle SES must go directly to jail and roll greater than 7 to be released or pay $50 on any following turn Upon receiving instructions to "GO TO JAIL," the upper SES immediately rolls the dice.
But DreamWorks SKG - the high-powered fledgling studio backed by Hollywood moguls Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen - rolls the dice again this week with its reputation slightly smudged if not quite tarnished.
One of these is Rich Uncle Pennybags, the mustached-character feature in the Chance and Community Chest cards, who rolls the dice and zips across the screen as the game's master of ceremonies.