one-arm bandit

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one-arm bandit

A slot machine designed for gambling in which you pull down a lever on one side that generates a random combination of three shapes, which may or may not award the player money depending on the combination received. After my wife lost her entire month's wages to the one-arm bandits in Atlantic City, we've decided to stay away from casinos altogether.
See also: bandit
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He said: "My head is like a spinning one arm bandit wheel with one bit going this way and one bit the other."
The one arm bandit show was performed by John Payne who came from the United States of America to show a portrait of American equestrian heritage.
MUSCAT: John Payne, founder of the Oklahoma Wild West entertainment show, the One Arm Bandit and Company, and his group were welcomed for a visit at the US Embassy in Muscat recently.
The three lefties are One Arm Bandit, a top pin-striper from Connecticut who will show hot rods and hand-detailed motorcycles outside the building at the reception; Cartooner, a Vermont-based illustrator whose work regularly appears in major hot rod magazines; and Jeremy Lee, a Worcester tattoo artist who specializes in traditional images with a gory twist.
Mr Howarth voted in favour of the recently introduced gambling act, which allows companies to advertise on TV to entice viewers to become gamblers, it also allows for more addictive one arm bandits to be installed in casinos.
It follows a spate of raids in which thousands of pounds worth of damage has been caused to one arm bandits and substantial sums stolen.