would/will bet/stake one's life on

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Definition of would/will bet/stake one's life on

: to feel very sure of (something happening)
  • "Will she keep her promise?" "I'd bet/stake my life on it!"

Word by Word Definitions

would play
  1. : past tense of will

  2. : wished, desired

  3. : wish for : want

will play
  1. used to express futurity

  2. used to express desire, choice, willingness, consent, or in negative constructions refusal

  3. used to express a command, exhortation, or injunction

  1. : a legal declaration of a person's wishes regarding the disposal of his or her property or estate after death

  2. : desire, wish: such as

  3. : disposition, inclination

  1. : to cause or change by an act of will

  2. : intend, purpose

  3. : decree, ordain

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

stake play
  1. : a pointed piece of wood or other material driven or to be driven into the ground as a marker or support

  2. : a post to which a person is bound for execution by burning

  3. : execution by burning at a stake

  1. : to mark the limits of by or as if by stakes

  2. : to tether to a stake

  3. : bet, wager

life play
  1. : the quality that distinguishes a vital and functional being from a dead body

  2. : a principle or force that is considered to underlie the distinctive quality of animate beings

  3. : an organismic state characterized by capacity for metabolism (see metabolism 1), growth, reaction to stimuli, and reproduction

  1. : of or relating to animate being

  2. : lifelong

  3. : using a living model


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