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play the papers

To gamble. Primarily heard in US. If you keep playing the papers, you'll have no money left at all! I refuse to lend him any more money until he stops playing the papers!
See also: paper, play
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"We're telling [rank and file strikers] that we're playing the papers' game if we engage in violence.
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