dice with death


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dice with death

To do something very risky or dangerous. Of course he's taking out his motorcycle in the pouring rain—he's always dicing with death.
See also: death, dice

dice with death

BRITISH
If someone dices with death, they take risks that put their lives in danger. Fishermen are constantly dicing with death. I dice with death almost every night crossing the road outside Maidstone Barracks station. Note: To dice means to play dice, or to gamble.
See also: death, dice

dice with death

take serious risks.
Dice with is used here in the general sense of ‘play a game of chance with’. In the mid 20th century dice with death was a journalistic cliché used to convey the risks taken by racing drivers; the expression seems for some time to have been especially connected with motoring, although it is now used of other risky activities. It gave rise to the use of dicing as a slang word among drivers for ‘driving in a race’, and it can be compared with dicey meaning ‘dangerous’, a word which originated in 1950s air-force slang.
See also: death, dice

ˌdice with ˈdeath

(informal) risk your life by doing something very dangerous: Racing drivers dice with death every time they race.
Dice means play dice or gamble.
See also: death, dice
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Father-of-two Branson's first dice with death came after a catamaran he was sailing in was holed by a coral reef.
THE mother of a young man killed by legal highs yesterday begged young people not to dice with death following the bizarre ruling.
That such a large number of Scottish people, tourists and other road users have to continue to dice with death on a daily basis on this killer road is unacceptable.
They urged youngsters not to dice with death by running across the dual carriageway while the bridge - which connects East Cramlington and the High Pit area of the town - is closed for repair work.
Linda Tedds, Kerrie Lucas and Kathryn Clamp who prefer to dice with death on the ring road rather than risk being attacked in the subway.
The message is simple and stark: You dabble with heroin and you dice with death.