sweep|stakes


sweep|stakes
sweep|stakes «SWEEP STAYKS», noun, plural -stes.
1. a system of gambling on horses, races, or other contests. People buy tickets, and from the money they pay prizes are awarded to the holder or holders of winning tickets.
2. a) a race or contest by which the winner or winners are determined under such a system of gambling. b) a race or contest in which the prize or prizes derive from a pooling of the stakes of the contestants, with or without additional contributions by the sponsor or sponsors of the contest.
3. a prize in such a race or contest.
[< sweep, in obsolete sense of “to win all the stakes in a game” + stake2 + -s1]

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