dice

[ dahys ]
/ daɪs /

plural noun, singular die.

verb (used with object), diced, dic·ing.

verb (used without object), diced, dic·ing.

Idioms for dice

    no dice, Informal. of no use or help; ineffective.

Origin of dice

1300–50; Middle English dees, dis, dyce (singular and plural), dyces (plural) < Old French de(i)z, dés (plural); see die2

OTHER WORDS FROM dice

dic·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for no dice

dice
/ (daɪs) /

pl n

verb

Derived forms of dice

dicer, noun

Word Origin for dice

C14: plural of die ²
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Idioms and Phrases with no dice (1 of 2)

no dice

Also, no go; no soap. No, certainly not; also, impossible. For example, Anthony wanted to borrow my new coat, but Mom said no dice, or We tried to rent the church for the wedding, but it's no go for the date you picked, or Jim asked Dad to help pay for the repairs, but Dad said no soap. All of these slangy expressions indicate refusal or an unsuccessful attempt. No dice, from the 1920s, alludes to an unlucky throw in gambling; no go, alluding to lack of progress, dates from about 1820; and no soap dates from about 1920 and possibly alludes to the phrase it won't wash, meaning “it won't find acceptance.” Also see nothing doing; won't wash.

Idioms and Phrases with no dice (2 of 2)

dice

see load the dice; no deal (dice).

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