take a gamble

Definition of take a gamble

  1. :  to do something that could produce a (very) bad or unpleasant result He was taking a (big) gamble by investing in the struggling young company.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to get into one's hands or into one's possession, power, or control: such as

    :  to seize or capture physically

    :  to get possession of (fish or game) by killing or capturing

  1. :  something that is taken:

    :  the amount of money received :  proceeds, receipts, income

    :  share, cut

  1. :  to play a game for money or property

    :  to bet on an uncertain outcome

    :  to stake something on a contingency :  take a chance (see contingency 2)

  1. :  an act having an element of risk

    :  something chancy

    :  the playing of a game of chance for stakes

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