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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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 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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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.
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).
"While gambling once or twice may not be problematic, we do have to acknowledge the fact that if they've ever gambled, that means they've been exposed to the behavior or the opportunity," she said.
Specifically, Table 2 lists (1) whether the participant gambled in the past 30 days; (2) gambling frequency scores for the past 30 days and a gambling frequency sum score; (3) gambling problems in the past 30 days (DSM-IV); (4) gambling problems in the past 30 days (Gambling Problem Index); (5) current gambling-related readiness to change scores; and (6) gambling-related self-efficacy scores in the past 30 days.
Among these card gamblers, the vast majority (89%) had played cards games in their local areas, while 62% had gambled on cards outside their local areas.
This study found that there were no differences between Whites and African Americans for percentages of Internet gambling less than weekly while there was a lesser percentage of African Americans than Whites who gambled on the Internet at least weekly.
Twenty-eight (6.6%) of the sample comprising 19 boys (67.9%) and nine girls (32.1%) gambled online.
Black youth were less likely to have gambled than white youth but, if they did, it was likely to be more frequent (30% vs.
In one study, 75% of high school youth whose parents had gambling problems had gambled before age 11 compared to 34% of their classmates (Jacobs, 2004).
"While both groups frequently gambled with friends or staff, we also learned that very often group-home staff would use gambling as a positive reinforcer," Dr.
Compared to non-Indigenous students, ATSI students were more likely to gamble frequently (35.5% compared to 9.3%), and less likely to have never gambled (12.9% compared to 30.1%).
One problem gambler in counselling said that she based her social life around work and two problem gamblers not in counselling said that they gambled while socialising with other hospitality staff.
Fifteen percent of the men added that they had gambled at cards at least once a week, and half of that group admitted to social consequences, such as becoming more isolated or having problems with relationships, of the gambling habit.
A national survey found that about 14% of adults have never gambled; 75% are low-risk, social gamblers; nearly 8% are at risk; and 1.2% are pathological gamblers.