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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.
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Origin of high roller
An Americanism dating back to 1880–85
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How to use high roller in a sentence
Simmons, an instinctive high roller (his chief assistant was even named "Mogel"), did not require much convincing.Doug Kenney: The Odd Comic Genius Behind ‘Animal House’ and National Lampoon|Robert Sam Anson|March 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
At a high-roller Democratic fundraiser on Park Avenue last month, a California lawyer dismissed the Whitman challenge.The GOP's Mean Girls|Gail Sheehy|October 17, 2010|DAILY BEAST
I laid off, and Miles Diston took the high-roller out next trip.Stories of the Railroad|John A. Hill
He had been a high roller in his day, I guess, but had of late been on his uppers.Step Lively!|George Niblo
He 's a high roller, right in with the judge and his crew, and there is n't a more corrupt politician in this town.The Mayor of Warwick|Herbert M. Hopkins
He had been a "high roller" until he came under the Rev. Mr. Borrowscale's tutelage.The Further Adventures of Quincy Adams Sawyer and Mason's Corner Folks|Charles Felton Pidgin
Fatty Welch was "working" some swell guys who thought he was a real high-roller.McAllister and His Double|Arthur Train
British Dictionary definitions for high roller
slang, mainly US and Canadian a person who spends money extravagantly or gambles recklessly
Derived forms of high rollerhigh rolling, noun, adjective
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