from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Games Double aces.
- n. Bad luck; misfortune.
- n. The smallest amount possible or the most worthless thing.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Two ones; the lowest throw at dice; a pair of aces.
- n. Bad luck, worthlessness.
Middle English ambes as, from Old French : Latin ambās, feminine accusative pl. of ambō, both + as, unit.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old French ambes + as, from Latin ambo + as. (Wiktionary)
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.