to bet or gamble (an original amount and its winnings) on a subsequent race, contest, etc.
Informal. to use (one's money, talent, or other assets) to achieve a desired objective, as spectacular wealth or success: He parlayed a modest inheritance into a fortune.
a bet of an original sum and the subsequent winnings.
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How to use parlay in a sentence
But McCarthy parlayed her naked ambition into a pretty fabulous career.
Bloggers like Tavi Gevinson have parlayed their brand into celebrity and collaborations with Fortune 500 companies.Tavi Gevinson: From Teen Fashion Queen to Broadway Star | Arabelle Sicardi | July 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I had moved to L.A. and gotten a little bit of traction there, and I think my manager parlayed that into an audition.Kate McKinnon Is the Future of ‘Saturday Night Live’ | Kevin Fallon | November 21, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
But it is one that Levin has parlayed into being the voice of a movement that has confounded those outside of it.Radio’s Mark Levin Might Be the Most Powerful Conservative You Never Heard Of | David Freedlander | October 19, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Olympian Ryan Lochte has parlayed his success in London into front-row seats at New York Fashion Week.
In thirty years, he had parlayed that into one of the biggest fortunes in the Solar System.Anything You Can Do ... | Gordon Randall Garrett
British Dictionary definitions for parlay
to stake (winnings from one bet) on a subsequent wager: Brit equivalent: double up
to exploit (one's talent) to achieve worldly success
a bet in which winnings from one wager are staked on another, or a series of such bets
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