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.
verb (used with object), grub·staked, grub·stak·ing.
to furnish with a grubstake: I grubstaked him to two mules and supplies enough for five months.
benefactor, patron, advocate, promoter, follower, sponsor, ally, endorser, backer, underwriter, supporter, philanthropist, contributor, protector, moneymaker, guarantor, merchant, tycoon, broker, speculator
Origin of grubstake
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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
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