a game of high risk in which each player in turn, using a revolver containing one bullet, spins the cylinder of the revolver, points the muzzle at the head, and pulls the trigger.
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Origin of Russian roulette
First recorded in 1935–40
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British Dictionary definitions for russian roulette
a game of chance in which each player in turn spins the cylinder of a revolver loaded with only one cartridge and presses the trigger with the barrel against his own head
any act which, if repeated several times, is likely to have disastrous consequences
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