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craps

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noun (usually used with a singular verb)

a game in which two dice are thrown and in which a first throw of 7 or 11 wins, a first throw of 2, 3, or 12 loses, and a first throw of 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, or 10 can be won only by throwing the same number again before throwing a 7.

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Origin of craps

First recorded in 1835–45, Americanism; apparently from French craps, variant of crabs “double-ace” (lowest throw at the game of hazard), from 18th-century English slang; see crab1 (def. 7a)
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British Dictionary definitions for craps

craps
/ (kræps) /

noun (usually functioning as singular)

a gambling game using two dice, in which a player wins the bet if 7 or 11 is thrown first, and loses if 2, 3, or 12 is thrown
shoot craps to play this game

Word Origin for craps

C19: probably from crabs lowest throw at dice, plural of crab 1
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