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(the) baby needs (new) shoes

A phrase said aloud when one is hoping for good luck in a game of chance, especially before a dice roll. If I roll a seven, I walk out of here with $30,000. Come on, the baby needs shoes! I'm so close to a bingo. Call D4, already—baby needs new shoes!
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the baby needs shoes

sent. Give me luck. (Said in games of chance, such as dice or bingo.) He shook the bones, saying, “The baby needs shoes.”
See also: baby, needs, shoe
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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