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Ambsace

[AM-zeys]

Part of speech: noun

Origin: Anglo-Norman, 14th century

1.

Two ones; the lowest throw at dice; a pair of aces.

2.

Bad luck.

Examples of Ambsace in a sentence

"I had nothing but ambsace during the bachelor party trip."

"I needed to throw a five and a one to win, but I threw ambsace."

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About Ambsace

“Ambsace” is also spelled “ambs-ace” and “ames-ace,” which indicate its Old French root “ambes as,” meaning “both aces.” This was taken from the Latin ”ambō,” meaning “both,” and “as,” a common Roman coin that is the root of the word “ace.”

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Variations of the word “ambsace” have appeared in various spellings over the centuries. It was “ambbes aas” and “aumbys as” in pre-14th century texts, “almesace” in the 1500s, and “alms-ace” and “ammez-ace” in the 1600s. Over this time, it referred to two points, as on dice, but it also suggested a very small number or distance, meaning the expression can be used as a measure of extreme closeness. For example, to “roll within ames-ace of a win” means to come as close as possible to victory without actually winning.

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