Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Games The lowest possible throw of dice, two single pips.
  • noun Bad luck; misfortune.
  • noun The smallest amount possible or the most worthless thing.

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  • noun archaic Two ones; the lowest throw at dice; a pair of aces.
  • noun archaic Bad luck, worthlessness.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English ambes as, from Old French : Latin ambās, feminine accusative of ambō, both + as, unit.]

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Old French ambes + as, from Latin ambo + as.

Examples

  • Aeschylus, it seems to me, is willing, just as Shakespeare is, to risk the prosperity of a verse upon a lucky throw of words, which may come up the sices of hardy metaphor or the ambsace of conceit.

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  • bad luck, worthlessness, a pair of aces on dice, snake eyes.

    April 14, 2008

  • Stern Ernest has put on his game face,

    Determined to hasten this tame pace.

    His well comes up dry,

    He gets scant reply.

    His queries produce only ambsace.

    Find out more about Ernest Bafflewit

    October 30, 2014