- provisions, gear, etc., furnished to a prospector on condition of participating in the profits of any discoveries.
- money or other assistance furnished at a time of need or of starting an enterprise.
- to furnish with a grubstake: I grubstaked him to two mules and supplies enough for five months.
Origin of grubstake
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- US and Canadian informal supplies provided for a prospector on the condition that the donor has a stake in any finds
- US informal to furnish with such supplies
- mainly US and Canadian to supply (a person) with a stake in a gambling game
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Word Origin and History for grubstaker
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