bet the farm on it

Definition of bet the farm on it

US, informal
said to show confidence in an anticipated outcome
  • They want to start their own restaurant, but they're not willing to bet the farm on it.

Word by Word Definitions

bet play
  1. : something that is laid, staked, or pledged typically between two parties on the outcome of a contest or a contingent issue : wager

  2. : the act of giving such a pledge

  3. : something to wager on

  1. : to stake on the outcome of an issue or the performance of a contestant

  2. : to be able to be sure that

  3. : to maintain with or as if with a bet

farm play
  1. : a sum or due fixed in amount and payable at fixed intervals

  2. : a letting out of revenues or taxes for a fixed sum to one authorized to collect and retain them

  3. : a district or division of a country leased out for the collection of government revenues

  1. : rent

  2. : to collect and take the fees or profits of (an occupation or business) on payment of a fixed sum

  3. : to give up (something, such as an estate or a business) to another on condition of receiving in return a fixed sum


I wouldn't bet on it

Definition of I wouldn't bet on it

said to indicate the listener's disagreement with a statement
  • "The economy will improve next year." "I wouldn't bet on it if I were you."

Word by Word Definitions

  1. : the 9th letter of the English alphabet

  2. : a graphic representation of this letter

  3. : a speech counterpart of orthographic i

  1. imaginary unit

  1. : the one who is speaking or writing — compare me, mine, my, we

  1. : someone aware of possessing a personal individuality : self

  1. iodine

  1. used as a connective vowel to join word elements especially of Latin origin

wouldn't play
  1. : would not

bet play
  1. : something that is laid, staked, or pledged typically between two parties on the outcome of a contest or a contingent issue : wager

  2. : the act of giving such a pledge

  3. : something to wager on

  1. : to stake on the outcome of an issue or the performance of a contestant

  2. : to be able to be sure that

  3. : to maintain with or as if with a bet


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