verb (used with object), bet or bet·ted, bet·ting.
verb (used without object), bet or bet·ted, bet·ting.
- bet on the wrong horse,
- bet one's ass,
- beta blocker
Origin of bet1
Examples from the Web for bet
And when BET Weekend came to Atlanta two months ago, Brinsley thought he could become a major party promoter.
The kerfuffle began with a £200 bet, followed by several smaller bets in quick succession.
This meant that Palestinian taxi drivers had to drive through the Israeli settlement of Bet El.
This was not a musical performance, per se, but you bet your ass this was a “performance”—albeit a well-intentioned and noble one.Butts, ‘Bang Bang’ & Beyoncé: The Craziest MTV Video Music Awards Moments|Kevin Fallon|August 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We have to bet on ourselves,” he says, “and become part of the solution.
"I bet I will," said the venturesome one; and he set off to try his luck.Memoirs of an American Prima Donna|Clara Louise Kellogg
"Anyway, I'll bet she blows back w'ere she come from, to-night," persisted the advocate of this theory.The Cruise of the Dry Dock|T. S. Stribling
Bet is such a darling, I could not bring myself to part with her.Mollie's Prince|Rosa Nouchette Carey
Mr. Gurney was a patron of the Turf and a genuine lover of old English sports, but he was never known to bet.Norfolk Annals|Charles Mackie
In that way they have got a lot of people to bet on Hatrack.Ted Strong's Motor Car|Edward C. Taylor
verb bets, betting, bet or betted
Word Origin for bet
1590s, as both a verb and noun, in the argot of petty criminals, of unknown origin; probably a shortening of abet or else from obsolete beet "to make good," from Old English bætan "make better, arouse, stimulate," from Proto-Germanic *baitjanan, in which case the verb would be the original. The original notion is perhaps "to improve" a contest by wagering on it, or it is from the "bait" sense in abet. Used since 1852 in various American English slang assertions (cf. you bet "be assured," 1857). Related: Betting.
In addition to the idioms beginning with bet
- bet one's ass
- bet on the wrong horse
- back (bet on) the wrong horse
- hedge one's bets
- you bet your ass