one-armed bandit

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one-armed 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-armed bandits in Atlantic City, we've decided to stay away from casinos altogether.
See also: bandit

one-armed bandit

A slot machine, as in It's amazing how many people think they can make money playing a one-armed bandit. This term refers to both appearance and function: the operating lever looks like an arm, and the machine in effect robs players, since it "wins" and keeps the player's money in an overwhelming majority of instances. [c. 1930]
See also: bandit
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The Tyneside-born Dire Straits frontman sings: "The one armed bandit man/ Came north to fill his boots/ Came up from Cockneyland/ E-type jags and flashy suits."
A Your "one armed bandit" is relatively rare and was made by Cam Automatics.
Luvaglio spent 12 years in some of Britain's most infamous prisons following the "one armed bandit" killing with his accomplice Dennis Stafford, before the pair were released on life licence.
"There were always people coming and going, there was no jukebox or one armed bandit and no TV - the pub was somewhere to meet your mates and to talk," Stan added.
A CHRONIC gambler who lost PS450 on a one armed bandit returned to the betting shop with a gun.
GALACTICA Galactica, my girl from outer space She landed from a starship To stay on earth for just awhile I could see that she was different When I saw her silver smile She said that she was from Minerva Just a few light years away But I knew from our vibrations That my love for her would stay Galactica, my girl from outer space Her lips were red, her hair was gold Her eyes were planet green She had the cutest heavenly body That I had ever seen There was just one thing I couldn't understand She had a cute robotic walk And her eyes used to flash into place Like a one armed bandit every time she talked.
wall mounted amusement machine by Ruffler & Walker estimated at pounds 80-120; a Shooting Star wall mounted penny in the slot machine (pounds 80-120); one of the several Beromat bandits which will be sold in pairs (pounds 100-200) Left: the Rotolite - there are four in the Rogers Jones sale, each at pounds 50-100 Far left: in need of some tender loving care, this Novomat one armed bandit is a steal at pounds 50-80
A teenager who held a club barman at gunpoint so he could finish playing a 'one armed bandit' fruit machine was told yesterdaythat he faced going to jail.
DENNIS Stafford had already achieved notoriety as the only man to escape from both Wormwood Scrubs and Dartmoor prisons before he was convicted of the notorious One Armed Bandit Murder after a sensational trial at Newcastle Assizes in 1967.
Two men convicted of the infamous One Armed Bandit murder could soon know if their long battle to prove their innocence will lead to a fresh review.
The arm was custom-made for golfer Larry Alford, who is known as the One Armed Bandit.
Neil Burley, via email A Your "one armed bandit" is relatively rare and was made by Cam Automatics.
But he still maintains he did not kill Angus Sibbett in the 'one armed bandit' murder.
The killing, known as the One Armed Bandit Murder, is thought to have inspired the classic gangster film Get Carter.
There was even a large screen TV, bar stools and a one armed bandit standing in a corner of the room.