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crapshoot

A situation whose outcome is uncertain or unpredictable. Refers to the gambling game "craps." This neighborhood has been revitalized in recent years, but buying a house here is still a financial crapshoot.
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crapshoot

n. a gamble; a matter of chance. (Like a crap [dice] game.) The stock market isn’t concerned with value anymore. It’s just a crapshoot.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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After intermission, the rocking-chair beat of the two old men observing ducks and life from a park bench in "Duck Variations" abruptly gives way to the blustering crap-shoot rat-a-tat-tat of their much younger male counterparts in "Sexual Perversity." But the plays have more than an author in common: As they contemplate their own death through bird-watching, Emil (John Tormey) and George (Peter Maloney) in "The Duck Variations" engage in a gentler but no less intensely combative game of one-upsmanship than the one played by Bernard (Clark Gregg), the alpha male, and Danny (Josh Hamilton), his womanizing disciple, in "Sexual Perversity."