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The wages of the miners are too often gambled away or wasted in liquor.

They gambled at monte, quien con, and other games of chance.

You don't think that when I said he gambled I thought the worse of him.

How much more effective to assert that he had visited the tables and not gambled!

He had gambled, yes; but it was for her sake he had gambled; he had lost, yes, but it was she he had lost.

I gambled the momentum of the initial enthusiasm would carry it.

I gambled for money with which to bury him, and a man died that night and another was hurt.

They drank and gambled; they said all young fellows did it, and they laughed at me when I objected.

He was a spendthrift, he was an adulterer, he gambled, he equivocated.

Tom sold Heralds, gambled for cents, and shared with me, and we got along.

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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