idioms about Life is Gambling

This is lesson 5 from Idiom Part 1. Each idiom is followed by its definition and examples. After you learn them, you can use them in your daily conversation.


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English Idiom Part 1- Lesson 5

1- When the Chips are down = when a  very serious (difficult/dangerous) situation arises

Her husband left her alone when the chips were down.


2- The luck of the draw = A result of chance instead of choice

You can not pick who you play against – it is just the luck of the draw.


3- At stake = In a position to be lost, at risk

The future of mankind is at stake.


4- On the cards = Likely to happen

A promotion is on the cards for her if she keeps up the good work.


5- Take a chance = Take a risk

I will not be taking any chances that will cause harm to other people.


6- A toss-up between X and Y = Either of two (X & Y) results seems equally likely

It’s a toss-up between Angela and Daisy for the job.


7- Against all the odds = despite very low probability; in a most unlikely way

No-one thought i could do it but, against all the odds, I won the game.


8- Hit the jackpot = To have sudden good luck or success

I think we hit the jackpot with the advertising, our sales have doubled.


9- Have something up one’s sleeve = Have something in reserve

She has been acting weird all day, she must have something up her sleeves.


10- Look after = To take care of

It is a tradition that the young look after the old in their family.


11- Dealt a lousy hand=  bad luck or being unfortunate in life


Jack had no luck in the last two years, so if you ask me, he has been dealt a lousy hand.


12- Put (your) money on something or someone= to rely on sth/someone, to bet on sth/someone

Chris will be promoted. I’d put money on it.


13- Show your hand= saying or showing what you want to do


To be a clever player, you should not usually show your hand without knowing other’ player’s intentions.


14- You win some, you lose some= It’s not possible to win all the time


My friend tried to comfort me by saying you win some you lose some.


Note: another similar idiom for this is to say “You can not win them all”


15- Play the card right= make the best use of one’s opportunities


You have a chance of winning if you play your cards right.


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