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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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is a real crapshoot and the categories were not my total forte, but I had a great time," Hochstein said.
The result is a crapshoot whereby investors have challenged states for lost profits over environmental regulations, such as Germany's nuclear phase out, America's denial of a major oil pipeline permit, and Italy's ban on offshore oil operations.
Sure, roaming new and distant lands promises adventure and the potential for amazing results, but it also can be a crapshoot.
Incidentally, in the giddy crapshoot of romance, I just happened to strike it lucky.
Similarly, even when an IVR or other feature has been designed to deliver resolution to an inquiry, the outcome becomes dependent on the user's path through the self-help system, which is, at best, a crapshoot.
It's a crapshoot, plain and simple, and big stars like Piolo just get really lucky
It's really a crapshoot but if I hit it, it will be a home run.
You really can't understand Tarico unless you appreciate that her universe is one giant crapshoot.
It's only when it comes to picking the winners that everyone votes in every category and the whole thing becomes little better than a crapshoot.
Anybody who has had the power to say yes or no to a job applicant knows that no matter how carefully a hiring decision is made, it is still to a certain extent a crapshoot.