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slot machine

noun
1.
a gambling machine operated by inserting coins into a slot and pulling a handle that activates a set of spinning symbols on wheels, the final alignment of which determines the payoff that is released into a receptacle at the bottom.
2.
any machine operated by inserting coins into a slot, as a vending machine.
Origin of slot machine
1890-1895
1890-95
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  • "You might see if you can get the slot-machine empty," I said.

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  • "A frappe with blotting-paper on the side," Mr. Moody snarled from the slot-machine.

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  • "I'd like to know who put this beer check in the slot-machine yesterday," I said as indifferently as I could.

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  • He sauntered over and dropped a quarter into the slot-machine by the door, but the thing was frozen up and refused to work.

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  • How can any one be flattered by the saccharine platitudes which are ground out automatically like chewing-gum from a slot-machine?

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  • He went over to the slot-machine and stood in front of it, humming and trying the different combinations.

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  • I got a wire hairpin and went over to the slot-machine, but when I had finally dug out the money I could hardly see it for tears.

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  • Riding uptown in the Subway he had caught a glimpse of himself in a slot-machine mirror.

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  • It was Sheeley; he would go into the barroom, and discover the wreckage of the slot-machine!

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  • I was working at the slot-machine, and I heard her sniff behind me as she hung up her mirror on the window-frame.

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British Dictionary definitions for slot-machine

slot machine

noun
1.
a machine, esp one for selling small articles or for gambling, activated by placing a coin or metal disc in a slot
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