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sweepstake

[sweep-steyk] /ˈswipˌsteɪk/
noun
1.
a sweepstakes.
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sweepstake

/ˈswiːpˌsteɪk/
noun
1.
  1. a lottery in which the stakes of the participants constitute the prize
  2. the prize itself
2.
any event involving a lottery, esp a horse race in which the prize is the competitors' stakes
Often shortened to sweep
Word Origin
C15: originally referring to someone who sweeps or takes all the stakes in a game
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