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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 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

v.
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 $50 on my favorite horse.
3. To anticipate or foresee something: I didn't gamble on it raining, so I hadn't brought an umbrella.
See also: gamble, on
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Although it is not included in the SOGS-R scoring scheme, one item asks the respondents if they thought that either of their parents gambled excessively.
Only respondents who gambled on one or more activities were included in the comparisons.
Chi-squared tests comparing problem to non-problem gamblers, males to females and the four main ethnic groups to one another on the dichotomous variables of amount gambled, parents' gambling, and continuous gambling, were computed.
Using post hoc tests of significance of differences between means with Bonferroni corrections for multiple comparisons, a MANOVA showed that the 13 Maori gambled on significantly more activities (M = 8.
In other words, for the respondents in this data set, religion and income are unrelated and, therefore, any differences in the amount of money gambled between religious groups cannot be attributed to different levels of income.
HYPOTHESIS #4: THE AMOUNT OF MONEY GAMBLED IS AFFECTED BY THE FREQUENCY OF ATTENDING RELIGIOUS SERVICES
However, a Gamma value close to zero does not indicate a strong correlation between the amount of money gambled and attendance at religious services.
HYPOTHESIS #5: THE AMOUNT OF MONEY GAMBLED IS RELATED TO THE RESPONDENT'S PERCEPTION OF HOW IMPORTANT RELIGION IS IN HIS OR HER LIFE
Before 20 years of age, our entire sample had gambled for money at least once, and 18% regularly, once per week or more.
Ever gambled Weekly Average Spent Activity n (%) n (%) Monthly ($) Lotto 47 (69) 9 (13) 8.
Substantial proportions of our adolescents and those aged 15 to 24 in the national sample had tried many activities, but few young people in either sample gambled regularly: 13% of our sample and 12% of the national sample had tried seven or more activities (distribution not tabled).
Participants who played housie (bingo), gambled in casinos or bought Lotto tickets had the top spending rates ($NZ 13.
Those surveyed were considered to have a serious problem if they did something illegal to get money to gamble; lost their job or dropped out of school because of gambling; repeatedly argued with people they live with over gambling; or had to borrow money to pay basic living expenses because they gambled their money away.
Percentage of Americans Aged Fifty and Over Who Have Gambled in a Casino in the Past Year
Percentage of Americans Aged Fifty and Over Who Have Ever Gambled by Playing Blackjack in a Casino Percentage of Americans Aged Fifty and Over Who Have Ever Gambled by Playing Roulette in a Casino