noun, (used with a singular or plural verb)
a race or other contest for which the prize consists of the stakes contributed by the various competitors.
the prize itself.
a lottery in which winning tickets are selected at random, each winning-ticket number then being matched to one of the horses nominated for or entered in a specific race, and the amounts paid the winners being determined by the finishing order of the horses that run.
lottery (def 2).
any gambling transaction in which each of a number of persons contributes a stake, and the stakes are awarded to one or several winners.
a risky venture that promises large rewards:
the high-tech sweepstakes.
a lottery in which the stakes of the participants constitute the prize
the prize itself
any event involving a lottery, esp a horse race in which the prize is the competitors’ stakes
- Sweep under the rug
Hide something, as in Their attempts to sweep the scandal under the rug were not very successful. This idiom alludes to sweeping dust under the rug, so it won’t be seen. [ Mid-1900s ]
adjective, sweepier, sweepiest. 1. sweeping.
adjective, Scot. and North England. 1. slothful; indolent. 2. unwilling; reluctant. verb 1. (Scot) a variant spelling of sweir1 , sweir2
adjective, sweeter, sweetest. 1. having the taste or flavor characteristic of sugar, honey, etc. 2. producing the one of the four basic taste sensations that is not bitter, sour, or salt. 3. not rancid or stale; fresh: This milk is still sweet. 4. not salt or salted: sweet butter. 5. pleasing to the ear; making […]