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    a pair of dices that reads seven

    This dialogue is from an American movie released in 1950:

    Jack: You are afraid of Nick, that's that!
    Ellen: No! I love him, you don't seem to be able to understand.
    Jack: Don't hand me that. What can Nick mean to you? A pair of dice that reads seven, first class in the Queen Elizabeth, Miami in the winter, a visit to Tiffany's...
    Ellen: Yes, but he means much more than that to me and you will never understand.

    NOTES: Ellen is young and beautiful. She is married to Nick. Nick is old and very rich. Jack is a poor newspaper reporter who is in love with Ellen, but she doesn't want to betray her husband.

    My question is: What's the meaning of the sentence "A pair of dice that reads seven" in this context? The rest of the items are related to money (diamonds at Tiffany's NY, trips in expensive ships, Christmas holidays in Miami, etc.), but "dices that reads seven"? Neither Nick nor Ellen are gambling addicts.
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    Re: a pair of dices that reads seven

    Can you provide a link to the audio?
    Note that "dice" is the plural of "die", so "a pair of dices" is incorrect.

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    Re: a pair of dices that reads seven

    Yes, sorry, teechar. It was "dice" not "dices", my typo error. I corrected it.
    Thanks, RobertJ.

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    Re: a pair of dices that reads seven

    A short note for students.
    Although historically "dice" is the plural of "die", to quote the Oxford Dictionary; "In modern standard English, the singular die (rather than dice) is uncommon. Dice is used for both the singular and the plural. 'Throw the dice' could mean a reference to two or more dice, or to just one."

    The singular form "die" is most often heard in idiomatic phrases like "the die is cast" and "straight as a die".
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