- 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
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Examples from the Web for 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.
Me, I got fo'-five chances to grubstake in that time, but I'm broke.
They was always more'n one wantin' to grubstake him but he'd never take it.
- 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
Word Origin and History for grubstake
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