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

Russian roulette

suicidal gamble involving a six-shooter, loaded with one bullet. [Folklore: Payton, 590]
See: Chance
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We're starting from scratch," Hanlon said regarding the investigation and added that it was too early to determine if Russian roulette was actually occurring when the teen was shot.
One might object that removing the Russian roulette aspect of retribution allows the very wealthy to in effect "buy" their way out of any crime.
There is no reason any organization should play Russian roulette with their business data.
Up to 90% of large corporations in the UK are potentially playing Russian roulette with their IT infrastructure claims Available Systems Limited, established with the aim of helping organisations identify weaknesses in IT operations and put strategies in place to ensure high availability, maximum uptime and competitive advantage.
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Bottom line: A career in television is like Russian roulette.
Condom sex is as safe as Russian roulette with a loaded gun put to your head, with a one-in-five chance of getting killed on the first try, and a 100 per cent kiss of death if you keep pulling the trigger.
David Wallinga of the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy argues, "We can't afford to play Russian Roulette with our existing antibiotics.
Think of it as Russian roulette with a bacterium instead of a gun.
a deadly round of Russian roulette," claimed CASA's head honcho, Joseph A.
Salem's conscious attempt to supplement the story-line with tangential segues is of further interest as he provides descriptive detail about the origin of six-shooters, the history of Russian roulette, and the history behind both ASCAP and BMI.

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