There is always to play Russian roulette
to take big risks, in a way which is very dangerous
Russian roulette is a very dangerous game where players aim a gun
containing one bullet at their own heads.
(often + with ) I'm not
willing to play Russian roulette with people's lives by drinking and
More info on the origin of the phrase on wikipedia. It claims that
In writing, the term "Russian Roulette" was first used in an eponymous
1937 short story by Georges Surdez:
'Did you ever hear of Russian Roulette?' ... With the Russian army in
Romania, around 1917, some officer would suddenly pull out his
revolver, remove a cartridge from the cylinder, spin the cylinder,
snap it back in place, put it to his head and pull the trigger."
It is claimed that this practice was widely known in Russia in
the early 19th century. However, there is only one written source
before the 20th century: in Mikhail Lermontov's 1840 "The Fatalist",
one of five novellas comprising his A Hero of Our Time, a minor
character survives a version of Russian roulette.