Russian roulette

noun

Definition of Russian roulette

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

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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