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(one's) gamble pays off

One made a risky maneuver or decision that ended up being successful. A: "The client agreed to double their order after I told them that the original order wasn't big enough to justify our time." B: "Wow, looks like your gamble paid off. Lucky, too—if they had called your bluff, you'd be looking for another job right now!" The government is hoping that their legislative gamble pays off in the long run, otherwise they will suffer at the next election. Their gamble on that undrafted kid really paid off when he scored the championship-winning goal for them.
See also: gamble, off, pay

gamble (something) away

To lose or deplete the entirety of something through gambling. Please tell me you didn't gamble away our savings at the poker game tonight.
See also: away, gamble

gamble on (someone or something)

1. To risk an amount of money by betting on a particular person or outcome. If you gamble on the winning boxer, you'll make a lot of money tonight.
2. To predict or anticipate something. I'm hiding in the closet because I didn't gamble on my ex-boyfriend coming to this party too!
See also: gamble, on

take a gamble

To do something risky or attempt something that might fail in order for a chance at success, fortune, etc. I know I'm taking a gamble by starting a business in a recession, but I don't want to put off my dream any longer. The coach took a gamble by calling that play, but his team was able to score a touchdown, so it paid off.
See also: gamble, take

take a gamble on (someone or something)

To support someone or pursue something when it is risky to do so. She doesn't have a lot of experience, but I think she has what it takes to manage the project. Let's take a gamble on her. A: "The coach really took a gamble on that long downfield pass, and boy, did it backfire." B: "Well, had it not been intercepted, they could have tied the game with less than a minute to go." I know it's risky to start a business in a recession, but I don't want to put off my dream any longer. I'm ready to take a gamble on myself!
See also: gamble, on, take
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

gamble on someone or something

1. Lit. to make a wager on something concerning someone or something. I wouldn't gamble on it happening. Don't gamble on that horse. You'll be sorry.
2. Fig. to run a risk by choosing or depending on someone or something. I wouldn't gamble on Ted's being able to come. I don't think he can. Don't gamble on Ted. I'm almost sure he won't come.
See also: gamble, on

gamble something away

to lose all of something by gambling. He gambled all his money away. He gambled away all his money.
See also: away, gamble
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

gamble on

1. To wager something on the outcome of some event: I gambled all my money on the first race. They don't like to gamble on poker games; they just play for fun.
2. To wager something on some participant in an event: I gambled $50 on my favorite horse.
3. To anticipate or foresee something: I didn't gamble on it raining, so I hadn't brought an umbrella.
See also: gamble, on
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Specifically, although the prevalence of college students that participate in gambling varies across studies (e.g., LaBrie, Shaffer, LaPlante, & Wechsler, 2003; Slutske, Jackson, & Sher, 2003), research indicates that college students who gamble are more likely than other population segments to do so at a disordered level (e.g., Barnes, Welte, Hoffman, & Tidwell, 2010; Blanco et al., 2008; Blinn-Pike, Lokken Worthy, & Jonkman, 2007).
Today, Indigenous people in more regional and remote areas still gamble in card rings, while those in less remote areas are also likely to participate in commercial forms of gambling, such as gaming machines, casino games, sports betting and wagering (McMillen and Donnelly 2008).
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