- a sweepstakes.
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Examples from the Web for sweepstake
The mystery of his wealth had been discovered months ago—he'd won a sweepstake fortune.Rich Living
Entering a café with O'Flaherty was like a blindfold draw in a sweepstake of identities.Eastern Nights - and Flights
In the following year the earl established a sweepstake of 50 sovs.
Here we are just getting up a sweepstake for the next race; hand over a rupee and try to get up an interest in it.Rujub, the Juggler
G. A. Henty
To flatter its interest a sweepstake had been arranged among the officers for who should name the exact moment of its conclusion.
esp US sweepstakes
- a lottery in which the stakes of the participants constitute the prize
- the prize itself
- any event involving a lottery, esp a horse race in which the prize is the competitors' stakes
Often shortened to: sweep
C15: originally referring to someone who sweeps or takes all the stakes in a game
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