Russian roulette

noun

Definition of Russian roulette

  1. 1 :  an act of bravado consisting of spinning the cylinder of a revolver loaded with one cartridge, pointing the muzzle at one's own head, and pulling the trigger

  2. 2 :  something resembling Russian roulette in its potential for disaster taking cocaine is playing Russian roulette — Jonathan Nicholas

1937

First Known Use of russian roulette

1937


RUSSIAN ROULETTE Defined for English Language Learners

Russian roulette

noun

Definition of Russian roulette for English Language Learners

  • : a dangerous game in which people fire a gun with a single bullet at their heads without knowing if the bullet will be shot or not

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