one roll of the dice away from the end.

GoodTaste

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Does "the end" here mean "the end of the world"?

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Nice speech, Ike, but why did you let that maniac Joe McCarthy run amok? Drag us into the mess of Vietnam? Make that murderous Quaker Nixon your vice president? Sign off on a massive H-bomb buildup? We were one roll of the dice away from the end.

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Yes, or at least the world as we know it.
 
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