no dice

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Etymology[edit]

A term used in the game craps when the dice bounce over the walls of the table, invalidating the throw.

Phrase[edit]

no dice

  1. (idiomatic) An unacceptable alternative.
  2. (idiomatic) An unfavorable result.
  3. (informal) Used to express a negative outcome or decision
    We looked all over the house for it. No dice.
    The board considered the proposal at the meeting, but no dice for now.

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