Russian roulette


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Russian roulette

a game of chance in which each player in turn spins the cylinder of a revolver loaded with only one cartridge and presses the trigger with the barrel against his own head
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Russian roulette

suicidal gamble involving a six-shooter, loaded with one bullet. [Folklore: Payton, 590]
See: Chance
Allusions—Cultural, Literary, Biblical, and Historical: A Thematic Dictionary. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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