Meaning of crapshoot in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkrapʃuːt/

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  • 1North American A game of craps.

    • ‘God may play dice with the universe, despite Einstein's last hope, but serious gamblers, scorning metaphysical crapshoots and the casino's house edge, prefer no-limit Texas hold'em.’
    1. 1.1 informal A risky or uncertain matter.
      • ‘skiing here can be a bit of a crapshoot at any time’
      • ‘It's all a crapshoot, and no matter what, predictions come out looking forced.’
      • ‘I've been doing it long enough to know that it's a bit of a crapshoot… you can't take it too seriously.’
      • ‘The Contemporary World Cinema category is generally a catch-all and a crapshoot.’
      • ‘Defensive tackle is a bit more of a crapshoot, but the one thing they must make sure of is that whomever they take has a brilliant mind.’
      • ‘Of course, this does not mean that all mega-transfers are folly or random crapshoots.’
      • ‘Second piece of advice… ignore weather forecasts (they're about as reliable as a crapshoot in this country).’
      • ‘It's too much of a crapshoot, at least over 18 holes, too great a chance you'll have a couple of little-known players in the final and therefore no real interest.’
      • ‘Random, unprotected sex with a complete stranger (to loosely quote Austin Powers) would be less of a crapshoot than this.’
      • ‘A hopeful columnist who is enterprising may decide to want to try to past the crapshoot of the column selection process.’
      • ‘The difference between a successful Olympics and a failed Olympics is a crapshoot on many different levels.’
      • ‘That seems to be part of the fun of knitting… it can be a real crapshoot when it comes to the finished project.’
      • ‘On the other hand, a task that only a single pilot completes is something of a crapshoot.’
      • ‘The futures game is a gamble, a crapshoot really, for both retailer and customer.’
      • ‘And it's almost a crapshoot when passing anyway.’
      • ‘We're certainly optimistic, but this is a crapshoot.’
      • ‘But let's face it - the draft has always been a crapshoot, even in the days when the best college players were the only ones selected.’
      • ‘Drafting high school and international players has obvious risks, but even with one-year collegians, the draft can be a crapshoot.’
      • ‘So far, prescribing drugs is something of a crapshoot.’
      • ‘Trying to develop expertise internally is a crapshoot.’
      • ‘Even so, finding a free public one can be a crapshoot.’