grubstake
I. noun Date: 1863 1. supplies or funds furnished a mining prospector on promise of a share in his discoveries 2. material assistance (as a loan) provided for launching an enterprise or for a person in difficult circumstances II. transitive verb Date: 1879 to provide with a grubstake • grubstaker noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • grubstake — ☆ grubstake [grub′stāk΄ ] n. [ GRUB, n. 3 + STAKE] Informal 1. money or supplies advanced to a prospector in return for a share in any findings 2. money advanced for any enterprise vt. grubstaked, grubstaking Informal to provide with a grubstake …   English World dictionary

  • grubstake — grub‧stake [ˈgrʌbˌsteɪk] noun [uncountable] informal FINANCE money provided to develop a new business in return for a share of the profits …   Financial and business terms

  • grubstake — material, provisions, etc. supplied to an enterprise (originally a prospector) in return for a share in the profits, by 1876, Amer.Eng., from GRUB (Cf. grub) + STAKE (Cf. stake) (v.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • grubstake — UK [ˈɡrʌbˌsteɪk] / US noun [countable] Word forms grubstake : singular grubstake plural grubstakes American informal money that you lend to someone who is starting a business, in return for a part of any future profits …   English dictionary

  • grubstake — /ˈgrʌbsteɪk/ (say grubstayk) noun Also, US Colloquial, stake. 1. provisions, outfit, etc., provided to a prospector or the like, on condition that the donor participates in the profits of any discoveries: *He had come, humbly enough to ask for a… …   Australian English dictionary

  • grubstake — grubstaker, n. /grub stayk /, n., v., grubstaked, grubstaking. n. 1. provisions, gear, etc., furnished to a prospector on condition of participating in the profits of any discoveries. 2. money or other assistance furnished at a time of need or of …   Universalium

  • grubstake — grub•stake [[t]ˈgrʌbˌsteɪk[/t]] n. v. staked, stak•ing 1) provisions, gear, etc., furnished to a prospector on condition of participating in the profits of any discoveries 2) money or other assistance furnished esp. to launch an enterprise 3) to… …   From formal English to slang

  • grubstake — n. & v. US colloq. n. material or provisions supplied to an enterprise in return for a share in the resulting profits (orig. in prospecting for ore). v.tr. provide with a grubstake. Derivatives: grubstaker n …   Useful english dictionary

  • grubstake — 1. noun An amount of money advanced to someone starting a business in return for a share of the future profits 2. verb To supply such funds …   Wiktionary

  • grubstake — Synonyms and related words: angel, back, backing, bankroll, capitalization, capitalize, deficit financing, finance, financial backing, financial support, financing, fund, funding, patronization, patronize, pay for, provide for, provision of… …   Moby Thesaurus

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