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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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On the basis of findings in this study, one can suspect that the amount of money an individual gambles is related to religiosity.
For me to reject the null hypothesis that religious affiliation does not affect the amount of money an individual sets out to gamble, I would have to find significant values for Lambda and [[chi].sup.2] Surprisingly, neither of these tests revealed a significant relationship, and I must fail to reject the null hypothesis and conclude that the amount of money a respondent gambles was unrelated to his or her religious affiliation.
Furthermore, the level of importance of religion in the life of the respondent and the frequency of attendance at religious services affected how much money the individual gambles, although the effect was rather weak.
The three following sections explore the relationship between religion and the amount of money individuals gamble. For the findings in the following sections to be valid, there has to be no significant relationship between income, which would influence the amount of money an individual might gamble, and religion.
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. Significant values for Gamma and [[chi].sup.2] (p [less than] .05) show that the two variables are related, but a Gamma value of 0.13 implies that there is a only a weak causal relationship.
Evidence suggests that women, despite having experienced differences in socialisation from men, have many opportunities to learn how to gamble during adult life through acquaintances, family, reading and observation (Thomas 1995).
According to this view, women are less likely to gamble on card games or racing because the gambling venues where these activities are played have been traditionally identified as `masculine' locations.
People who are intrinsically motivated to gamble (Deci & Ryan 1991) -- who gamble for internal rewards (like developing skills or obtaining goals) -- are more likely to be attracted to skilful gambling activities like card games and racing.
In other words, despite evidence suggesting that women can gamble just as skilfully as men on any activity (Bruce & Johnson 1994; Walker et al.
On the other hand, if one compares men and women who gamble on horse-racing, motivational differences may not exist because the women who gamble on racing may be different from women in general; in this case, more intrinsically motivated.
* Both groups should gamble on the same activities: such as only poker machines.
Cognitive therapy attempts to correct these errors, which reduces the motivation to gamble.