high roller


Definition of high roller

1 : a person who spends freely in luxurious living
2 : a person who gambles recklessly or for high stakes

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Other Words from high roller

high-rolling \ ˈhī-​ˈrō-​liŋ How to pronounce high roller (audio) \ adjective

Examples of high roller in a Sentence

a high roller known for his lavish parties The casino offers special deals to attract high rollers.
Recent Examples on the Web Anbang Insurance Group, another private high roller, has been taken over by the state, while its founder Wu Xiaohui in 2018 was sentenced to 18 years in prison for fraud and embezzlement. Lingling Wei, WSJ, 20 Dec. 2020 Give your tush some cush by upgrading your desk chair to this high roller from Steelcase. Carla Sosenko, Popular Science, 13 Nov. 2020 The high rollers—mostly wealthy businessmen from mainland China—may come back sooner than casual gamblers, provided their businesses recover from the hit. Jacky Wong, WSJ, 2 Mar. 2020 Minichino also says that nightclubs can no longer rely as much on the VIPs and high rollers to drop $10,000 to $50,000 in a night. Dave Brooks, Billboard, 5 Apr. 2019 And don’t forget about those high rollers who sit courtside and are forever getting run over, or sat upon, by a player chasing a loose ball. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, 10 Mar. 2020 While ordinary attendees chomp down on hot dogs and sodas, Hard Rock Stadium's Centerplate Executive Chef Dayanny De la Cruz has something special planned for the high rollers. Kevin Conlon, CNN, 25 Jan. 2020 Now the question is how the outbreak could affect the U.S. gambling industry, centered in Las Vegas, which has historically hosted high rollers from China. NBC News, 2 Mar. 2020 American Airlines fell more than 5 percent, and Wynn Resorts, which operates casinos in Macau, a special administrative region of China and a gambling haven for Chinese high rollers, tumbled 8 percent. Matt Phillips, New York Times, 28 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of high roller

1873, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“High roller.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/high%20roller. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of high roller

: a rich person who spends a lot of money
: a person who gambles large amounts of money

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