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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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A spokesperson for the Gambling Commission said: "We have made i abundantly clear to gambling firms that they cannot forget the responsibility they have to their customers.
Also, a higher odds for gambling was recorded among those whose friends also gamble or living near gambling centres.
Gambling is a mental health disorder spectrum that includes at risk gambling and problem gambling.
In addition to the launch of a 12 week consultation on FOBTs, there will be a package of measures taking effect to strengthen protections around online gambling and gambling advertising to further minimise the risk to vulnerable people and children.
produced the report, titled Gambling Behaviour in Great Britain in 2015, collating data from three separate reports covering England, Scotland and Wales.
The latest edition of the DSM-5 (APA 2013) included what had long been a recurrent demand, the recognition of pathological gambling as an addictive disorder, putting it into the same category as drug dependency, alcoholism or smoking (Petry, 2006a; Potenza, 2006).
Screening can help identify patients before they develop a full-blown gambling disorder, at an earlier stage, when it is simpler to treat and interventions are more effective "and you can prevent the progression to a more severe disorder," he noted.
Despite an increase in gambling opportunities, rates of problem gambling have remained stable.
In North America, online gambling was legalized in three US states by early 2014, with online gambling revenues surging to millions in the first months of legal operation.
Although gambling may not produce the cognitive or physical impairment associated with alcohol or drug abuse, an obsession with gambling can be just as devastating.
In total, only 32 papers were located that examined the relationship between gambling and the Australian Indigenous population specifically, with the earliest publication dating back to 1946.
Yet gambling is not a benign activity without consequences both to individuals and to communities hosting some form of site-based gambling.