knucklebones


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knucklebones

Dice. Used especially in figurative phrases alluding to a situation dependent on chance. (The knuckle bones of sheep were used in ancient times for divination purposes.) I knew my father was probably down at the casino again tossing knuckle bones. Hundreds of financial institutions wagered their clients' funds on what turned out to be a toss of the knucklebones. Some struck gold, but most just wound up with nothing.
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knuckle bones

n. dice. (An elaboration of bones.) Roll them knuckle bones and tell me that your expense needs earth pads.
See also: bone, knuckle
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