Fighting the Tiger
Gaming is so called in the United States of America.
“After seeing `fighting the tiger,' as gaming is styled in the United States, I have arrived at the conclusion that gaming is more fairly carried on in the Monte Carlo casino than in any American gaming-house.” —The Nineteenth Century, Feb., 1890, p. 249.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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