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[gruhb-steyk] /ˈgrʌbˌsteɪk/

provisions, gear, etc., furnished to a prospector on condition of participating in the profits of any discoveries.
money or other assistance furnished at a time of need or of starting an enterprise.
verb (used with object), grubstaked, grubstaking.
to furnish with a grubstake:
I grubstaked him to two mules and supplies enough for five months.
(US & Canadian, informal) supplies provided for a prospector on the condition that the donor has a stake in any finds
verb (transitive)
(US, informal) to furnish with such supplies
(mainly US & Canadian) to supply (a person) with a stake in a gambling game

“material, provisions, etc. supplied to an enterprise (originally a prospector) in return for a share in the profits,” by 1876, American English, from grub + stake (v.).


The money needed for a new venture, new start, etc: Nobody knows how much he gave away in grubstakes (1863+)


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