Definition of grubstake in English:


Line breaks: grub|stake
Pronunciation: /ˈgrʌbsteɪk
North American informal


  • 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.
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    • 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.


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  • Provide with a grubstake: he worried about his responsibilities to those who had grubstaked him
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    • 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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