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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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Perhaps the racecourses will let us have one-armed bandits on our pitches to help with our expenses.
But it is all beyond me - rather like one-armed bandits. Once they were simple - you put your money in, some apples and pears went round, and you never won.
I gave up playing one-armed bandits a long time ago.
He warned that experts have found the new super slots more of a threat than traditional one-armed bandits.
The key is used by fruit machine technicians when they are servicing the one-armed bandits and by owners to check how much money is in a machine.
Like amusement-with-prizes machines (which, no prizes for guessing, always amuses me) and one-armed bandits.
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A guy on the often entertaining Betfair punters' forum said he'd once tried to teach a mate who had spent the night playing one-armed bandits the concept of value betting.
James Nichol, from Hawick, Borders, told police he'd been mugged, when he'd actually lost his cash on one-armed bandits.
Calum Mackinnon lost hundreds of pounds a day after he became hooked on one-armed bandits.
Add takings from bingo, casinos, dog racing, one-armed bandits and scratch cards and it tots up to a pounds 250million bonanza.
Men in suits, groups of lads, elderly couples and Vegas locals sat at one-armed bandits and blackjack tables clutching coins or chips - united by their common will to win.
Over a cold beer, punters can play one-armed bandits, bet on bingo, the dogs, the horses and the equivalent of the national Tote without leaving the bar.
Q My father bought a one-armed bandit from a club where he worked in the early Seventies.
Both men say they were at La Dolce Vita nightclub in Newcastle when the killing, dubbed the One-Armed Bandit Murder, occurred.