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Rus·sian roulette

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Russian roulettenoun

    a stunt in which you spin the cylinder of a revolver that is loaded with only one bullet and then point the muzzle at your head and pull the trigger

GCIDE

  1. Russian roulette

    An act of bravado played by loading one bullet into one chamber of a revolver in which the cylinder has five or six positions, spinning the cylinder (thus moving the bullet randomly to one of the six positions of the cylinder), pointing the gun to one's head, and pulling the trigger. If the bullet is in firing position, the "player" is usually killed. Such a "game" may be played on a dare, or, in some places, as part of a gamble. (b) (Fig.) Any dangerous act resembling Russian roulette in the acceptance of a high risk of serious negative consequences, usually unnecessarily.

Wiktionary

  1. Russian roulettenoun

    A deadly game in which a person loads a single bullet in the cylinder of a revolver, spins the cylinder so that the location of the bullet is unknown, points the weapon at his/her head, and pulls the trigger. In its most lethal form, played by multiple participants each of whom takes a turn until the weapon discharges.

Freebase

  1. Russian roulette

    Russian roulette is a potentially lethal game of chance in which a player places a single round in a revolver, spins the cylinder, places the muzzle against their head, and pulls the trigger. "Russian" refers to the supposed country of origin, and roulette to the element of risk-taking and the spinning of the revolver's cylinder being reminiscent of spinning a roulette wheel. Because only one chamber is loaded, the player has only one in n chance of hitting the loaded chamber, where n is the total number of chambers in the cylinder. So, for instance, in a revolver that holds six rounds, the chance is one in six; for a revolver that holds five, the chance - or risk - is one in five. Whilst the above calculation of the odds is correct in a purely mathematical sense, it does not take physics into account: A properly maintained and lubricated weapon with a single round in the cylinder will still be subject to the laws of gravity, meaning the full chamber which weighs more will usually end up near the bottom of the cylinder, altering the odds further in the player's favour - but only if the cylinder is allowed to come to a complete stop before the cylinder is relatched.

Rap Dictionary

  1. russian roulettenoun

    A fun game where the loser dies.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Russian roulette in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Russian roulette in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of Russian roulette in a Sentence

  1. Casey Lynn:

    He pulled out a revolver, threatened me and said,' You can't live without me,' he began playing Russian roulette, and in between spinning the revolver, he would hit me on the back of the head and try to bludgeon me.

  2. Ann Falsey:

    I think that, depending on your own natural immunity because you feel like you're a strong person is like playing Russian roulette.

  3. John Faulkner:

    Even if you do all that you can do, theres still a possibility that you can be infected with this, if youre not practicing, following the guidelines from the CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention], then were basically playing Russian roulette with our health and our lives and the lives of our friends and families.

  4. Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly:

    They have seen these bricks that are marked with the Mexican cartel's logo. They're very proud of their product. I've been to the border. I've seen what's going on there. They're lacing fentanyl to give the impression that it's an Adderall or it's whatever pill that somebody thinks they're buying on the black market, when in fact, it's a fake pill, and it's laced with fentanyl, we're seeing that in our heroin. Marijuana is being laced with fentanyl to give the smoker a better high. They're really playing … Russian Roulette because they just don't know when they're going to get that fatal dose.

  5. Danielle Foltz:

    When your infant's body is being racked by 40 seizures every single day, you do not have three business days to play Russian roulette, waiting for a medication that could stop his seizures and right your world again.


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