parlay
parlay par"lay v. t. 1. To wager the winnings plus the initial stake of one bet on a subsequent wager, or to engage in a series of such increased wagers.

Note: This is the characteristic act in a common betting system used by gamblers to try to achieve a large win from a small initial stake. Statistically, it is similar to betting a small stake on a game with a large payoff and a proportionately small chance of winning. [PJC]

2. To exploit success in one endeavor so as to achieve greater success in subsequent endeavors. [PJC]

3. Fig., to transform a gain into something of greater value. [PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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