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  1. provisions, gear, etc., furnished to a prospector on condition of participating in the profits of any discoveries.
  2. money or other assistance furnished at a time of need or of starting an enterprise.
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verb (used with object), grub·staked, grub·stak·ing.
  1. to furnish with a grubstake: I grubstaked him to two mules and supplies enough for five months.
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Origin of grubstake

An Americanism dating back to 1860–65; grub + stake2
Related formsgrub·stak·er, noun
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Related Words for grubstaker

benefactor, patron, advocate, promoter, follower, sponsor, ally, endorser, backer, underwriter, supporter, philanthropist, contributor, protector, moneymaker, guarantor, merchant, tycoon, broker, speculator

British Dictionary definitions for grubstaker


  1. US and Canadian informal supplies provided for a prospector on the condition that the donor has a stake in any finds
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verb (tr)
  1. US informal to furnish with such supplies
  2. mainly US and Canadian to supply (a person) with a stake in a gambling game
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Derived Formsgrubstaker, noun
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Word Origin and History for grubstaker



"material, provisions, etc. supplied to an enterprise (originally a prospector) in return for a share in the profits," by 1876, American English, from grub + stake (v.).

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