But this gamble may turn out to be just as big a loser as have all the hopes that Kabul has placed on prisoner releases so far.
And it has a mutually advantageous peace treaty with Israel that no rational government is going to gamble with.
“Sometimes when you gamble, you get up from the table with a fortune,” he explains.
1726 (implied in gambling), from a dialectal survival of Middle English gammlen, variant of gamenen "to play, jest, be merry," from Old English gamenian "to play, joke, pun," from gamen (see game). Or possibly gamble is from a derivative of gamel "to play games" (1590s), itself likely a frequentative from game. Originally regarded as a slang word. The intrusive -b- may be from confusion with gambol. Related: Gambled; gambling.
"risky venture," 1823, from gamble (v.).