grubstake

noun
grub·stake | \ˈgrəb-ˌstāk \

Definition of grubstake 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : supplies or funds furnished a mining prospector on promise of a share in his discoveries

2 : material assistance (such as a loan) provided for launching an enterprise or for a person in difficult circumstances

grubstake

verb
grubstaked; grubstaking; grubstakes

Definition of grubstake (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to provide with a grubstake

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Verb

grubstaker noun

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Verb

Grubstake is a linguistic nugget that was dug up during the famous California Gold Rush, which began in 1848. Sometime between the first stampede and the early 1860s, when the gold-seekers headed off to Montana, prospectors combined grub ("food") and stake, meaning "an interest or share in an undertaking." At first grubstake was a noun, referring to any kind of loan or provisions that could be finagled to make an undertaking possible (with the agreement that the "grubstaker" would get a cut of any profits). By 1879, grubstake was also showing up as a verb meaning "to give someone a grubstake," and, since at least 1937, it has been applied to other situations in which a generous benefactor comes through with the funds.

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Out of cash, Steen reluctantly abandoned grubstaking to work as a carpenter in Tucson, Arizona, for a year, but the uranium called to him. Aaron Robinson, Car and Driver, "2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab Diesel," 27 July 2017

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First Known Use of grubstake

Noun

1863, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1879, in the meaning defined above

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