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Topic: GAMES

Date: 1300-1400
Origin: Plural of DIE1

dice

1 noun
     
dice
dice1
1 [plural] singular dieDG one or more small blocks of wood, plastic etc that have six sides with a different number of spots on each side, used in games
throw/roll the dice
It's your turn to roll the dice.
! Die is singular and dice is plural, but many people use dice when they are talking about a single die.
2 [uncountable]DG any game of chance that is played with dice
3

the dice are loaded

the situation is arranged so that a particular person will win or gain an advantage
4

no dice

especially American English old-fashioned spoken used to refuse to do something or to say that something is not possible:
'Can I borrow some cash?' 'Sorry, no dice.'
5

a throw of the dice

something you do that you hope will have an effect on a situation, but is not certain to do so:
a last desperate throw of the dice to try and win his wife back
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