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chuck-a-luck

[chuhk-uh-luhk]
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  1. a game played with three dice at which the players bet that a certain number will come up on one die, that the three dice will total a certain number, or that the total will be an odd number, even number, a high number, or a low number.
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Also chuck-luck [chuhk-luhk] /ˈtʃʌkˌlʌk/.

Origin of chuck-a-luck

An Americanism dating back to 1830–40
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Historical Examples

  • Hazard, chuck-a-luck and other games of chance were played there.

    Dixie After the War

    Myrta Lockett Avary

  • "Chuck-a-luck," said Texas, whose ideas of recreation were the gamester's.

  • Chuck-a-luck was strictly prohibited in camp, but it was next to impossible to keep the men from playing it.

  • Chuck-a-luck is one of the fairest of gambling games, when fairly played, which it rarely or never is by a professional gambler.

  • Bear Creek demanded of an Ishmael who lived precariously by chuck-a-luck.

    The Sunset Trail

    Alfred Henry Lewis