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Definition of craps

1 : a gambling game played with two dice

Examples of craps in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The immense Pechanga Resort Casino closed its poker, craps and bingo facilities, and its hotel remains closed. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Casinos focus on health and safety protocols," 13 Dec. 2020 A few months after reopening at limited capacity, Harrah's and other New Orleans area casinos are working to coax customers back through their doors and toward their slot machines, poker rooms and craps games. Chad Calder | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "New Orleans area casinos weather coronavirus pandemic, with varying results; Harrah's takes big hit," 18 Oct. 2020 Engineers, hunkered in hotel conference rooms arguing about block codes and channel capacity, had little time to enjoy the craps tables or eucalyptus steam rooms. Steven Levy, Wired, "Huawei, 5G, and the Man Who Conquered Noise," 16 Nov. 2020 Her friends were wracked with boredom, but Katie filled her hours — revisiting old projects, building a craps table and learning to count cards. Washington Post, "Decoding Katie," 5 Nov. 2020 The dice are sanitized before being handed to a new customer at the craps tables. Chad Calder | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "New Orleans area casinos weather coronavirus pandemic, with varying results; Harrah's takes big hit," 18 Oct. 2020 The initiative would also expand the tribal gaming compact to allow craps and roulette at tribal casinos, and to pay for state enforcement of sports betting with a 10% tax on sports gaming revenue at the racetracks. Los Angeles Times, "California lawmakers shelve effort this year to legalize sports betting," 23 June 2020 Roulette, poker and craps will not immediately be offered. USA TODAY, "Mink worries, rumor patrol, paused reopenings: News from around our 50 states," 1 July 2020 Many stocks, especially of smaller companies in financial distress, have been bouncing around like dice on a craps table. Jason Zweig, WSJ, "Playing the Market Has a Whole New Meaning," 12 June 2020

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First Known Use of craps

1842, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for craps

Louisiana French, from French crabs, craps, from English crabs lowest throw at hazard, from plural of crab entry 1

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The first known use of craps was in 1842

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28 Dec 2020

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“Craps.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/craps. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of craps

: a game played for money with two dice

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