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grubstake

noun grub·stake \ ˈgrəb-ˌstāk \

Definition of grubstake

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

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First Known Use of grubstake

1863


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grubstake

verb

Definition of grubstake

transitive verb
:to provide with a grubstake

grubstaker

noun

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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.

First Known Use of grubstake

1879


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