Russian roulette,” as Scarth observes, “is not a game that volcanoes usually lose.
A tax increase at the start of a recession is playing Russian roulette with all chambers loaded.
He says Mattel is “playing Russian roulette” with its marketing of the new doll.
1734, "small wheel," from French roulette "gambling game played with a revolving wheel," literally "small wheel," from Old French roelete "little wheel" (12c.), formed on model of Late Latin rotella, diminutive of Latin rota "wheel" (see rotary). The game of chance so-called from 1745.