- 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
Related Words for grubstakestake, estate, backing, money, investment, principal, funding, gold, treasure, finances, resources, stock, business, means, funds, kitty, capitalization, subsidization, financing, substance
Examples from the Web for grubstake
Historical Examples of grubstake
He used up his grubstake, got a second from his backers, and subsequently a third.When the West Was Young
Frederick R. Bechdolt
"I want to give you a grubstake," answered the motor wizard.Owen Clancy's Happy Trail
Burt L. Standish
He wrote the letters—to himself—and spread the news just to raise a grubstake.
They was always more'n one wantin' to grubstake him but he'd never take it.
Me, I got fo'-five chances to grubstake in that time, but I'm broke.
- 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