numbers game
noun see number I

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • numbers game — Numbers or the numbers game is that game wherein the player wagers or plays that on a certain day a certain series of digits will appear or come out in a series such as the United States Treasury balance or parimutuel payoff totals of particular… …   Black's law dictionary

  • numbers game — numbers ,game noun singular 1. ) a situation in which decisions are based on points or numbers, not on other qualities that may be more important 2. ) a LOTTERY, especially one organized illegally …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Numbers game — Cut number redirects here; cut number also refers to the codes used to identify pasta varieties. Numbers game, also known as a numbers racket, policy racket or Italian lottery, is an illegal lottery played mostly in poor neighborhoods in the… …   Wikipedia

  • numbers game — ▪ gambling       the most widespread lottery game in the United States before lottery games were legalized in many states, though illegal wherever it is played. Patrons of the numbers game are drawn chiefly from the low income classes. The player …   Universalium

  • numbers game — A form of lottery. 34 Am J1st Lot § 7. A lottery, conducted under a system devised with more or less ingenuity to disguise the character of the enterprise. A lottery scheme wherein the proprietor sells for a specific sum, usually a few cents,… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • numbers game — noun an illegal daily lottery (Freq. 1) • Syn: ↑numbers pool, ↑numbers racket, ↑numbers • Hypernyms: ↑lottery, ↑drawing * * * ˈnumbers game f41 …   Useful english dictionary

  • numbers game — 1) N SING (disapproval) If you say that someone is playing the numbers game, you think that they are concentrating on the aspects of something which can be expressed in statistics, usually in order to mislead people. Regrettably, he resorts to… …   English dictionary

  • numbers game — noun 1》 often derogatory the use or manipulation of statistics or figures. 2》 (also numbers racket) N. Amer. a lottery based on the occurrence of unpredictable numbers in the results of races, a lottery, etc …   English new terms dictionary

  • numbers game — UK / US noun [singular] 1) a situation in which decisions are based on points or numbers, not on other qualities that may be more important 2) a lottery, especially one organized illegally …   English dictionary

  • numbers game — noun An illegal lottery in which the bettor attempts to pick a number of digits that will match those randomly drawn the following day …   Wiktionary

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