jackpot

[ jak-pot ]
/ ˈdʒækˌpɒt /

noun

the chief prize or the cumulative stakes in a game or contest, as in bingo, a quiz contest, or a slot machine.
Poker. a pot that accumulates until a player opens the betting with a pair of predetermined denomination, usually jacks or better.

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Idioms

    an outstanding reward or success.
    hit the jackpot, Informal.
    1. to achieve a sensational success; have sudden luck: The firm has hit the jackpot with its new line of computers.
    2. to win a jackpot.

Origin of jackpot

An Americanism dating back to 1880–85; of uncertain origin
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British Dictionary definitions for jackpot

jackpot

/ (ˈdʒækˌpɒt) /

noun

any large prize, kitty, or accumulated stake that may be won in gambling, such as a pool in poker that accumulates until the betting is opened with a pair of jacks or higher
hit the jackpot
  1. to win a jackpot
  2. informal to achieve great success, esp through luck

Word Origin for jackpot

C20: probably from jack 1 (playing card) + pot 1
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Idioms and Phrases with jackpot

jackpot

see hit the jackpot.


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