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high roller

or highroller

noun, Informal.
a person who gambles for large stakes, as in a casino.
a person who spends money freely for entertainment and extravagant living.
a corporation or governmental agency that invests or spends freely or recklessly.
Origin of high roller
An Americanism dating back to 1880-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for high-roller
Contemporary Examples
  • At a high-roller Democratic fundraiser on Park Avenue last month, a California lawyer dismissed the Whitman challenge.

Historical Examples
  • Seems she was a teacher, but she certainly was a high-roller—O boy!

    Main Street Sinclair Lewis
  • I laid off, and Miles Diston took the high-roller out next trip.

British Dictionary definitions for high-roller

high roller

(slang, mainly US & Canadian) a person who spends money extravagantly or gambles recklessly
Derived Forms
high rolling, noun, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for high-roller

"extravagant spender," by 1873, American English, probably originally a reference to a gambler throwing dice.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for high-roller

high roller

noun phrase

  1. A person who gambles for high stakes: for the high rollers in the mysterious world of wheat and corn futures (1902+ Gambling)
  2. big-time spender (1881+)

[gambling sense probably influenced by the idea of rolling the dice in craps]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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