to wager with (something or someone).
to make a wager: Do you want to bet?
a pledge of a forfeit risked on some uncertain outcome; wager: Where do we place our bets?
that which is pledged: a two-dollar bet.
something that is bet on, as a competitor in a sporting event or a number in a lottery: That horse looks like a good bet.
an act or instance of betting: It's a bet, then?
a person, plan of action, etc., considered as being a good alternative; choice: Your best bet is to sell your stocks now.
Idioms about bet
all bets are off. See entry at all bets are off.
you bet!Informal. of course! surely!: You bet I'd like to be there!
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Black Entertainment Television: a cable television channel.
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How to use bet in a sentence
At its most simplified, the revision allows big players more access to insured deposits while making certain types of bets.
That gross abuse should be among the products of such all-prior-bets-are-off decision making is hardly surprising.Why Did We Panic After 9/11 and Ignore All We Knew About Responding to Security Threats? | Deborah Pearlstein | December 18, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The kerfuffle began with a £200 bet, followed by several smaller bets in quick succession.
With the second veto on Friday, however, all bets seemed to be off.Christie Bows to Iowa’s Pork Kings on Gestation Crates | Olivia Nuzzi | November 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But if the current Vienna talks fail, then all bets are off.
Godolphin was there, looking after his horses and his bets, and probably went away a richer man than he came.The History of England from the Accession of James II. | Thomas Babington Macaulay
So, terms and conditions having been arranged, the bets were made, and the money locked in the hotel safe.Scattergood Baines | Clarence Budington Kelland
The stake was usually the contents of the hand though side bets were not unusual.The Private Life of the Romans | Harold Whetstone Johnston
Luttrell was believed to be risking his life, and bets were freely made as to his probable fate.The Political History of England - Vol. X. | William Hunt
Bets, of course, were freely offered and taken on the chances.
British Dictionary definitions for bet
an agreement between two parties that a sum of money or other stake will be paid by the loser to the party who correctly predicts the outcome of an event
the money or stake risked
the predicted result in such an agreement: his bet was that the horse would win
a person, event, etc, considered as likely to succeed or occur: it's a good bet that they will succeed
a course of action (esp in the phrase one's best bet)
informal an opinion; view: my bet is that you've been up to no good
(when intr foll by on or against) to make or place a bet with (a person or persons)
(tr) to stake (money, etc) in a bet
(tr; may take a clause as object) informal to predict (a certain outcome): I bet she fails
you bet informal of course; naturally
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Other Idioms and Phrases with bet
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
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