One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
‘The stakes are set’: in roulette, the call made by the croupier as the wheel is set in motion.
1920s; earliest use found in James Joyce (1882–1941), writer. From French les jeux sont faits, lit. ‘the games are made’ from les, plural definite article + jeux, plural of jeu game + sont, 3rd person plural present indicative of être to be + faits, plural of fait, past participle of faire to do.
les jeux sont faits/leɪ ˌʒəː sɒ̃ ˈfeɪ/
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