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gamble

2 noun
     
gamble2 [singular]
an action or plan that involves a risk but that you hope will succeed:
It was a big gamble for her to leave the band and go solo.
gamble on
The gamble on the harvest had paid off (=succeeded).
Ellen had to admit the gamble had paid off (=succeeded).
In a depressed market, we cannot afford to take a gamble on a new product.

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