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Idiom Category: Gambling, Page 1
Ace in the hole
An ace in the hole is something other people are not aware of that can be used to your advantage when the time is right.
Ace up your sleeve
If you have an ace up your sleeve, you have something that will give you an advantage that other people don't know about.
All bets are off
(USA) If all bets are off, then agreements that have been made no longer apply.
Card up your sleeve
If you have a card up your sleeve, you have a surprise plan or idea that you are keeping back until the time is right.
Go for broke
If someone goes for broke, they risk everything they have for a potentially greater gain.
Hedge your bets
If you hedge your bets, you don't risk everything on one opportunity, but try more than one thing.
Hit the jackpot
When someone hits the jackpot, they have a piece of good luck or get exactly what they want.
In the cards
If something is in the cards, it is bound to occur, it is going to happen, or it is inevitable.
Let the chips fall where they may
This means that we shouldn't try to control events, because destiny controls them.
Luck of the draw
To have the 'Luck of the draw' is to win something in a competition where the winner is chosen purely by chance.
Make bets in a burning house
(USA) If people are making bets in a burning house, they are engaged in futile activity while serious problems around them are getting worse.
No dice is a way of refusing to accept or agree to something.
Not miss a trick
If someone doesn't miss a trick, they take advantage of everything that could help them or might be an opportunity for them.
On the cards
(UK) If something is in the cards, it is almost certain to happen.
Someone with a poker face doesn't show any emotion or reaction so that people don't know what they are feeling.
Put your cards on the table
If you put your cards on the table, you make your thoughts or ideas perfectly clear.
Queen of Hearts
A woman who is pre-eminent in her area is a Queen of Hearts.
Roll the dice
To take a chance on something. "Let's roll the dice and see what happens."
If people take a dangerous and unnecessary risk, they are playing Russian roulette.
Sweeten the pot
If you sweeten the pot, you increase the stakes or make something more desirable.
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