Gambling Idioms (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
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
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
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
If something is in the cards, it is almost certain to happen.
- Poker face
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."
- Russian roulette
If people take a dangerous and unnecessary risk, they are playing Russian roulette.
- Stack the deck
If you stack the deck against someone or something, you arrange things so that they are not fair to stop them from succeeding.
- Sweeten the pot
If you sweeten the pot, you increase the stakes or make something more desirable.
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