fruit machine

   a mechanical gambling device
   The symbols on the rotating discs in the early versions are fruits:
    An army-surplus dealer, a scrap-metal merchant, a fruit-machine operator — or a property man. (S. Green, 1979)
   The alternative name, one-armed bandit, from the actuating lever, is more fitting.

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