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[krap-shoot] /ˈkræpˌʃut/
Informal. anything unpredictable, risky, or problematical; gamble.
verb (used without object), crapshot, crapshooting.
to play craps.
Informal. to take risks; gamble.
Origin of crapshoot
1970-75; crap2 + shoot1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for crapshoot
  • So, your last sentence appears the more likely scenario, and even that may be a crapshoot.
  • We cannot bet a majority of our resources on a crapshoot.
  • Regulatory approval is always a crapshoot, but pharmaceutical reruns have better odds than new compounds.
  • The actual level of aggression in such an encounter may well be a crapshoot.
  • Seeding planets and hoping for intelligent life to show up a few billion years down the road may be a bit of a crapshoot.
  • Unless they're a talking head on television, at which point it becomes a crapshoot.
  • Getting a decent night's sleep shouldn't be such a crapshoot.
  • The lesson: these are volatile days and weeks, and timing the market is a crapshoot, even for the pros.
  • Hiring a local handyman can be a bit of a crapshoot.
  • You're already doing that to avoid the risk of a high-stakes crapshoot that puts your company's future on the line.
Slang definitions & phrases for crapshoot



A risky gamble; something very chancy: But who knows? It's such a crap shoot that nobody can really call it/ Such reforms would subject students to a crapshoot (1970s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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