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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. 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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The Health Impacts of Gambling for Women in Melbourne's Western Metropolitan Region, Victoria, Women's Health West.
Centre for Population Studies in Epidemiology (2001) Gambling Patterns of South Australian and Health Indicators, Adelaide, Department of Human Services.
There is a very stringent selection process that a prospective casino has to pass before being approved by Gambling.
Gambling Deals then pays each member up to 20% cashback on their losing bets, saving people thousands of pounds each year.
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.
But for others, gambling can become an uncontrollable problem.
In reviewing the available literature, the aim was to identify all references to Indigenous gambling in Australia, regardless of date of publication and inclusive of grey literature.
Instead, in order to regulate Internet gambling activities, the law focuses on financial institutions and Internet service providers and prohibits the acceptance of funds from bettors by operators of most online gambling websites as it provides
The increasing spread of gambling and easier access to different forms of gambling suggest that gambling-related problems will become more prevalent.
Minister for gambling John Penrose welcomed the development, saying: "It's important that those who gamble do so responsibly, and that information and help are readily available for the small minority who encounter problems.
They found that gambling, frequent gambling and problem gambling increases in frequency during the teen years, reaches its highest level in the 20s and 30s and then fall off among those over 70.
The draft of a new Lithuanian Gambling Act is under consideration by the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania.
All points of gambling machines should be closed by 15 February 2009 according to the new Law on Gambling that came into force on 16 November 2008.