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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR GAMBLE

He wouldn't stay a day longer than he had to, thought you could gamble on that.

Nevertheless, Mr. Jannissary was prepared to gamble on John's future.

You have come to gamble, and your gambling is attended by every form of intemperance and immorality.

All these engineers and officers of ships took tickets in that gamble.

He loves a gamble, and is most amusing when he is in the mood.

Let us grant, then, that they will gamble: how is the money to be found?

Any man will gamble if only he's given a chance, for anything or everything.

It was a gamble; the territory in question was virtually unexplored.

He is taught to curse and swear, to talk lewdly, to drink and gamble.

I don't smoke, drink or gamble, an' I'm as happy as the day's long.

WORD ORIGIN

1726 (implied in gambling), from a dialectal survival of Middle English gammlen, variant of gamenen "to play, jest, be merry," from Old English gamenian "to play, joke, pun," from gamen (see game). Or possibly gamble is from a derivative of gamel "to play games" (1590s), itself likely a frequentative from game. Originally regarded as a slang word. The intrusive -b- may be from confusion with gambol. Related: Gambled; gambling.

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