plural noun
variants: also sweep-stake

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1 an earnest effort for superiority or victory over another
  • in last week's box office sweepstakes a quirky little comedy handily bested Hollywood's latest special effects extravaganza

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2 a competitive encounter between individuals or groups carried on for amusement, exercise, or in pursuit of a prize
  • regards the music awards as nothing more than a popularity sweepstakes

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The first known use of sweepstakes was in 1774

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“Sweepstakes.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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