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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

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

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. 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

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
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One noted, 'there are few leisure opportunities when you are on your own', and, 'for younger people, working shiftwork can influence them to gamble .
Gamble got off to a more intense start than most do however, beginning at Morgan Stanley right out of graduate school.
We marked off an area of territory that's maybe 14 to 15 blocks," explains Gamble, who says in that area there are close to 100,000 people, 98,000 of whom are African American.
Because of the findings in this study, it is suspected that the more an individual values religion, the less amount of money he or she will gamble.
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Over the last 10 years, several studies have appeared that demonstrate that disordered gamblers benefit from learning skills to control their thoughts and actions in situations where they are likely to gamble in a hazardous manner.
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The public is being asked by Procter & Gamble and the FDA advisory committee to participate in a vast, uncontrolled national experiment," Willett says.
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The most important message that we have been spreading throughout our national educational drive is that people should gamble responsibly and use gambling for entertainment and not for income-generation.
Minister for gambling John Penrose welcomed the development, saying: "It's important that those who gamble do so responsibly, and that information and help are readily available for the small minority who encounter problems.
Generally, low socioeconomic groups were less likely to gamble but, if they did, were more likely to be problem gamblers.
Roughly a quarter of participants admitted to gambling more money than they wanted, thinking about gambling when they didn't want to, or borrowing money to gamble, Dr.
Rather, they gamble because of problems at home, role modeling, low self-esteem, and avoidance of pain and grief.
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