noun plural but singular or plural in construction (also sweep-stake) Etymology: Middle English swepestake one who wins all the stakes in a game, from swepen to sweep + stake Date: 1774 1. a. a race or contest in which the entire prize may be awarded to the winner; specifically stakes race b. contest, competition 2. any of various lotteries

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

(in gaming or in horse-racing) / (at a horse-race)

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