American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A gambling game in which players bet on the possible combinations of three thrown dice.
- Probably chuck1 + luck. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Originally a brothel, the Jungle Inn was an open casino offering huge crowds of gamblers craps, a Greek dice game called barbut, chuck-a-luck, roulette, cards, and even bingo for the ladies.”
“Beardless youths … try their hands at the ‘Mexican monte,’ ‘high-low’ ‘chuck-a-luck,’ and lose their all.”
“In the gambling tents the games included three-card monte, ten-die, strap game, chuck-a-luck, faro, and keno.”
“It sounded a trifle more impressive than my current surroundings, which featured several soldiers playing at chuck-a-luck on the floor, a flea-ridden mongrel asleep by the fire, and a strong smell of hops.”
“The dice and chuck-a-luck seemed ten thousand miles away.”
“Both John Brogan and Neice have been dead many years, and, I trust, are happy in the spirit land -- perhaps playing chuck-a-luck, marked cards, and concave reflectors with St. Peter and the Apostles.”
“Our principal occupation at this place was playing poker, chuck-a-luck and cracking graybacks (lice).”
“Here is where we first saw the game called "chuck-a-luck," afterwards so popular in the army.”
“The men soon become discontented and unhappy, and we had no diversion or pastime except playing poker and chuck-a-luck.”
“Rondo coolo is boisterous and confusing -- and as for poker, that is a long session of nerves, while chuck-a-luck, though all in the open, is for children and fools.”
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