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Definition of dice noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    dice

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    noun
    BrE BrE//daɪs//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//daɪs//
     
    (pl. dice) Board games
     
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  1. 1(also die especially in North American English) [countable] a small cube of wood, plastic, etc., with a different number of spots on each of its sides, used in games of chance a pair of dice to roll/throw/shake the dice You decide who’s going to start by throwing the dice. You move forward according to the number on the dice. (figurative) It was a last desperate throw of the dice to save his marriage. See related entries: Board games
  2. 2 [uncountable] a game played with dice We played dice all night.
  3. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French des, plural of de, from Latin datum ‘something given or played’, neuter past participle of dare.Idioms
    load the dice (against somebody)
     
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    [usually passive] to put somebody at a disadvantage He has always felt that the dice were loaded against him in life.
    (informal, especially North American English) used to show that you refuse to do something, or that something cannot be done ‘Did you get that job?’ ‘No dice.’
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: dice