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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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Most people who gamble do so responsibly and do not suffer any gambling-related problems.
The reader can see from Table 6 that religious affiliation does indeed affect how often one gambles.
HYPOTHESIS #2: THE FREQUENCY ONE GAMBLES IS INFLUENCED BY HOW OFTEN HE OR SHE ATTENDS RELIGIOUS SERVICES
From the previous section, one can see that how often one gambles is related to the religious group to which he or she is a member.
HYPOTHESIS #3: THE FREQUENCY ONE GAMBLES IS RELATED TO HIS OR HER PERCEPTION OF HOW IMPORTANT RELIGION IS IN HIS OR HER LIFE
Individuals with gambling problems can become so preoccupied with gambling that the workday is often spent either in the act of gambling, planning the next opportunity to gamble, or plotting to get money to gamble.
Because gambling is a legal and acceptable activity, most gamblers do not try to conceal the fact that they gamble.
Needs to gamble with increasing amounts of money in order to achieve the desired excitement;