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(in the game of hazard) a number (5, 6, 7, 8, or 9) called by a player before dice are thrown. Recorded from the 16th century (and also used to designate a match between fighting cocks), the word probably comes from the phrase main chance, in the original sense ‘the most important eventuality’.

See also an eye to the main chance.


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