dice

[dahys]

plural noun, singular die.

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

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


Nearby words

  1. dicaprio,
  2. dicarboxylic acid,
  3. dicarboxylic acid cycle,
  4. dicast,
  5. dicastery,
  6. dice are loaded, the,
  7. dice cup,
  8. dicentra,
  9. dicentric,
  10. dicephalous

Idioms

    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

Related formsdic·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for no dice

dice

pl n

cubes of wood, plastic, etc, each of whose sides has a different number of spots (1 to 6), used in games of chance and in gambling to give random numbers
Also called: die (functioning as singular) one of these cubes
small cubes as of vegetables, chopped meat, etc
no dice slang, mainly US and Canadian an expression of refusal or rejection

verb

to cut (food, etc) into small cubes
(intr) to gamble with or play at a game involving dice
(intr) to take a chance or risk (esp in the phrase dice with death)
(tr) Australian informal to abandon or reject
(tr) to decorate or mark with dicelike shapes
Derived Formsdicer, noun

Word Origin for dice

C14: plural of die ²

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Word Origin and History for no dice
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Idioms and Phrases with no dice

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.

dice

see load the dice; no deal (dice).

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