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Russian roulettenoun [U]

uk   us  
a very ​dangerousgame of ​chance where each ​playeraims at ​their own ​head with a ​gun that has one ​bullet in it and five ​emptychambers (= ​spaces where ​bullets could go) the ​action of taking very ​seriousrisks with something ​important: Farmers are being ​forced to playRussianroulette withtheirfutures. Buying ​medication off the Internet is a game ofRussianroulette.
(Definition of Russian roulette from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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