"political freeroll"

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Wed Oct 1 02:20:43 UTC 2008

>From the political blog FiveThirtyEight:

Opposing the bailout had been a political freeroll before because it wasn't
manifest to the public what the risks of a nay vote would be.

This appears to be an extension from poker, where "freeroll" is used to
describe a position where a player is guaranteed at least a split pot, but
can also win the hand outright.


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