stake

1
[ steyk ]
/ steɪk /

noun

verb (used with object), staked, stak·ing.

Verb Phrases

stake out,
  1. to keep (a suspect) under police surveillance.
  2. to appoint (a police officer) to maintain constant watch over a suspect or place.

Nearby words

  1. stairmaster,
  2. stairs,
  3. stairstep,
  4. stairway,
  5. stairwell,
  6. stake a claim,
  7. stake boat,
  8. stake body,
  9. stake horse,
  10. stake out

Idioms

    pull up stakes, Informal. to leave one's job, place of residence, etc.; move: They pulled up stakes and went to California.

Origin of stake

1
before 900; (noun) Middle English; Old English staca pin; cognate with Dutch staak, German Stake, Old Norse -staki (in lȳsistaki candlestick); akin to stick1; (v.) Middle English staken to mark (land) with stakes, derivative of the noun

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British Dictionary definitions for pull up stakes

stake

1
/ (steɪk) /

noun

verb (tr)

Word Origin for stake

Old English staca pin; related to Old Frisian staka, Old High German stehho, Old Norse stjaki; see stick 1

stake

2
/ (steɪk) /

noun

verb (tr)

to hazard (money, etc) on a result
to invest in or support by supplying with money, etcto stake a business enterprise

Word Origin for stake

C16: of uncertain origin

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Word Origin and History for pull up stakes
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Idioms and Phrases with pull up stakes

pull up stakes

Move away, leave one's home, job, or country. For example, We've lived here for years, but now it's time to pull up stakes. This expression alludes to the stakes that mark property boundaries. [Early 1800s]

stake

In addition to the idioms beginning with stake

  • stake a claim
  • stake out

also see:

  • at stake
  • burn at the stake
  • have a stake in
  • pull up stakes
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