grub-stake

grubstake

[gruhb-steyk]
noun
1.
provisions, gear, etc., furnished to a prospector on condition of participating in the profits of any discoveries.
2.
money or other assistance furnished at a time of need or of starting an enterprise.
verb (used with object), grubstaked, grubstaking.
3.
to furnish with a grubstake: I grubstaked him to two mules and supplies enough for five months.

Origin:
1860–65, Americanism; grub + stake2

grubstaker, noun
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grubstake (ˈɡrʌbˌsteɪk)
 
n
1.  informal (US), (Canadian) supplies provided for a prospector on the condition that the donor has a stake in any finds
 
vb
2.  informal (US) to furnish with such supplies
3.  chiefly (US), (Canadian) to supply (a person) with a stake in a gambling game
 
'grubstaker
 
n

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