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one-armed bandit

 (wŭn′ärmd′)
n.
A slot machine for gambling operated by pulling a lever on the side.

one-armed bandit

or

one-arm bandit

n
(Gambling, except Cards) a fruit machine operated by pulling down a lever at one side

slot′ machine`


n.
1. a gambling machine operated by inserting coins into a slot and pulling down a long handle attached to its side.
2. any machine operated by inserting coins into a slot, as a vending machine.
[1890–95]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.one-armed bandit - a slot machine that is used for gambling; "they spend hours and hours just playing the slots"
fruit machine - a coin-operated gambling machine that produces random combinations of symbols (usually pictures of different fruits) on rotating dials; certain combinations win money for the player
coin machine, slot machine - a machine that is operated by the insertion of a coin in a slot
Translations

one-armed bandit

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Slot machines are also known as one-armed bandits because they were originally operated by a lever on the side of the machine (the arm) instead of a button on the front panel, and because of their ability to leave the gamer penniless (bandit).
Kenneth Batty, by email A Prices for one-armed bandits vary between PS250 and PS2,000 or more and I think yours is worth at least a few hundred pounds.
Courtesy of the last Labour government, fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) - the kind of one-armed bandits you wouldn't want to meet down a dark alley - are on every high street in the land.
You saw them drinking alone in pubs, pulling at a cigarette, staring at the one-armed bandits as they jerked down the lever.
Vincent, 78, also known as Vince Landa, was a Cockney who moved to the North East to run a fruit machine empire after the Government made one-armed bandits legal.
Here is an amazing statistic: the one-armed bandits in American make a profit each year of $25 billion - that is more than twice as much that is taken in by the country's cinemas.
My favourite pastime was visiting Barry Island on my Lambretta scooter and playing the one-armed bandits.
I did object to the spread of one-armed bandits and the introduction of betting shops in shopping areas which made gambling more easily available.
Landlords only want to cater for younger drinkers with jukeboxes, pool tables and one-armed bandits.
The Gladiator star scored a narrow 4-3 victory in a vote to remove 60 of the one-armed bandits from the licenced premises of the South Sydney league club.
They'd be one-armed bandits after he was finished with them.
I'd rather have plopped them into those one-armed bandits.