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slot machine

a gambling machine operated by inserting coins into a slot and pulling a handle that activates a set of spinning symbols on wheels, the final alignment of which determines the payoff that is released into a receptacle at the bottom.
any machine operated by inserting coins into a slot, as a vending machine.
Origin of slot machine
First recorded in 1890-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Bill Joseph is the luckiest man that ever tapped a slot machine.

    Watch Yourself Go By Al. G. Field
  • Who knows the name of the inventor of the slot machine so much in vogue to-day?

  • The showman looks grieved: the interruption throws him out of gear, like a bent penny in a slot machine.

  • You talk like a dollar's worth of nickels rattling out of a slot machine—right straight to the point.

    Steve Yeager William MacLeod Raine
  • It is as hopeless to look for immediate relief as it is in the case of a slot machine.


    John Dewey and James Hayden Tufts
  • I go up to a slot machine, and act as though I never saw such a thing before.

  • McCloud had moved in from the slot machine and stood at the point of the table, looking at Du Sang and laughing at him.

    Whispering Smith Frank H. Spearman
  • When traveling he often steps off the train while it halts at a depot and pulls his expenses out of a slot machine.

    Watch Yourself Go By Al. G. Field
  • And now she had dropped the precious coins down the hungry mouth of a slot machine.

    Green Valley

    Katharine Reynolds
British Dictionary definitions for slot machine

slot machine

a machine, esp one for selling small articles or for gambling, activated by placing a coin or metal disc in a slot
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