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onsen
Posted: Friday, December 08, 2017 9:06:51 PM
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Hello,

The Swapo High Command seems to have gambled on a certainty.
(from Collins COBUILD)

What does the phrase 'gamble on a certainty' mean?
Does it mean 'choose a certainty from the possibilities of a certainty and an uncertainty'?

Thank you
Verbatim
Posted: Friday, December 08, 2017 11:32:43 PM
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onsen wrote:
Hello,

The Swapo High Command seems to have gambled on a certainty.
(from Collins COBUILD)

What does the phrase 'gamble on a certainty' mean?
Does it mean 'choose a certainty from the possibilities of a certainty and an uncertainty'?

Thank you


Seems to me a bad gamble, certainly unecessary.
onsen
Posted: Friday, December 08, 2017 11:51:32 PM
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Verbatim wrote:
Seems to me a bad gamble, certainly unecessary.


Thank you very much.

Please explain in more detail, or concretely.
Sarrriesfan
Posted: Saturday, December 09, 2017 2:59:15 AM

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To "gamble on a certainty" is to do something on the presumption of its success.

Normally it's also implied that either they have further actions planned that rely on the first one being successful in order for them work, or that they have put so many resources into the action that they cannot afford it to fail. That is why they are gambling on what they are about to do, it must work.



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Posted: Saturday, December 09, 2017 3:43:45 PM
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Certainly.
To gamble: a. To bet on an uncertain outcome, as of a game or sporting event. From TFD
Certainty: 1. The fact, quality, or state of being certain, especially:
a. Inevitability: the certainty of death.
b. The quality of being established as true: the certainty that the earth orbits the sun.
c. Confidence; assurance: his certainty that things would get better.
2. Something that is clearly established or assured. From TFD


My guess is that your reference text "The Swapo High Command seems to have gambled on a certainty."
is an example of a turn of phrase. Look up "turn of phrase".
In fact, if you read the definitions, gambling on a certainty is defeating its purpose.
Certainty is known as established, except in cases where it was based on confidence alone.
So, gambling on a certainty is unnecessary--nothing to win-- unless someone else is foolish enough
to bet agains it. It is bad gambling to bet against certainty.
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