, the bookie
's statement that bets taken on an event will no longer be honored. This is usually due to circumstances changing drastically after betting has begun--for example, my old gray horse
can't race, so I'm substituting Secretariat
for her. If I tell the bookies this, they will either cause me grievous bodily harm
, or simply call out that "all bet
s are off". Usually prefaced or followed by the statement "You never said anything about X".
If you're robbing a bank
, you should carry a gun
but never use it. Of course, if the cops
show up, all bets are off.
If you're a cosmic pirate
looking to make a little cash
, flying an old man and a farm boy from Tatooine
is easy money. Of course, if the Empire
is looking for them, all bets are off.