Definition of grubstake in English:

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grubstake

Pronunciation: /ˈɡrəbstāk/
North American informal

noun

An amount of material, provisions, or money supplied to an enterprise (originally a prospector for ore) in return for a share in the resulting profits.
Example sentences
  • She has, however, provisioned each egg with a grubstake: a substantial amount of nourishing yolk, which, soon after the egg hatches, is safely enclosed in the baby's gut.
  • But his father also had a fascination with gold, and he grew up hearing tales of miners, prospectors, and grubstakes at the dinner table.
  • With a grubstake from his father, he went to work.

verb

[with object]
Provide with a grubstake.
Example sentences
  • In fact, after their quarrel, Rodney believes that Tom has merely been grubstaking his work.
  • We grubstaked them and we were to see to getting the stuff out.
  • He argued that rich parent alluvial fields, such as the Victorian fields in the 1850s and Coolgardie - Kalgoorlie after 1892, grubstaked large numbers of prospectors and so quickened the rate of discovery of new deposits.

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Syllabification: grub·stake

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