high roller

or high·roll·er

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noun Informal.
  1. a person who gambles for large stakes, as in a casino.
  2. a person who spends money freely for entertainment and extravagant living.
  3. a corporation or governmental agency that invests or spends freely or recklessly.

Origin of high roller

An Americanism dating back to 1880–85
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Contemporary Examples of high-roller

  • At a high-roller Democratic fundraiser on Park Avenue last month, a California lawyer dismissed the Whitman challenge.

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    The GOP's Mean Girls

    Gail Sheehy

    October 17, 2010

Historical Examples of high-roller

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

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    Sinclair Lewis

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

British Dictionary definitions for high-roller

high roller

  1. slang, mainly US and Canadian a person who spends money extravagantly or gambles recklessly
Derived Formshigh rolling, noun, adjective
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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.

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