Snake Eyes

In gambling, snake eyes is the outcome of rolling the dice in a game and getting only one pip on each die. The pair of pips resembles a pair of eyes, which is appended to the term 'snake' because of the long-standing association of this word with treachery and betrayal. The dictionary of etymology traces that use of the term back to 1929, although it may be traced all the way back to the ancient Roman dice games, where 'Dogs' represented two ones. They referred to this as "the dog throw". In modern parlance, it refers to such a roll in any game involving dice. Snake eyes also refers to looking one way and passing the ball the other way in the game of Taps.

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Famous quotes containing the words snake and/or eyes:

    People can be as greedy as a snake trying to swallow an elephant.
    Chinese proverb.

    I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead;
    I lift my eyes and all is born again.
    Sylvia Plath (1932–1963)