Russian roulette


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, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of Russian roulette

: 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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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