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n. Informal
An enterprise whose outcome is determined by chance.


1. a risky or unpredictable venture
2. (Gambling, except Cards) gambling dialect a game of craps



n. Informal.
an unpredictable venture; gamble.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.crapshoot - a risky and uncertain venture; "getting admitted to the college of your choice has become a crapshoot"
danger, risk, peril - a venture undertaken without regard to possible loss or injury; "he saw the rewards but not the risks of crime"; "there was a danger he would do the wrong thing"
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
2.crapshoot - playing crapscrapshoot - playing craps        
craps - a gambling game played with two dice; a first throw of 7 or 11 wins and a first throw of 2, 3, or 12 loses and a first throw of any other number must be repeated to win before a 7 is thrown, which loses the bet and the dice
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Even if the Fifth and Forbes project succeeds in resurrecting downtown--a wild crapshoot at best--its costs will be high and many.
Nobody can predict these things well, so it's a bit of a crapshoot," says Yeomans.
There's no escaping the fact that there's the element of a crapshoot in buying artwork.
As always with farming, it's pretty much a crapshoot.
Investing in publicly traded Chinese companies at the end of the day is a crapshoot that requires blind and unfounded faith that the PRC will ultimately put the best interests of shareholders ahead of political and other considerations," said Victor Germack, founder and president of RateFinancials.
Which makes forecasting valley snow even more of a crapshoot this year than usual.
In addition, students will divide up into small groups to participate in activities such as "Go Ahead, Make My DNA," in which they learn how to synthesize DNA, and "Life is a Crapshoot," in which they play an interactive dice game to learn about Mendelian inheritance.
In this crapshoot, it is widely conceded that the students on the waiting lists would make a class of entrants just as qualified as those admitted.
This is a crapshoot fishery here," Linklater said of the lower Willamette.
Black Friday is always such a crapshoot and customers are always left in the dark.