jackpot

jackpot

[jak-pot]
noun
1.
the chief prize or the cumulative stakes in a game or contest, as in bingo, a quiz contest, or a slot machine.
2.
Poker. a pot that accumulates until a player opens the betting with a pair of predetermined denomination, usually jacks or better.
Idioms
3.
an outstanding reward or success.
4.
hit the jackpot, Informal.
a.
to achieve a sensational success; have sudden luck: The firm has hit the jackpot with its new line of computers.
b.
to win a jackpot.

Origin:
1880–85, Americanism; of uncertain origin

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jackpot (ˈdʒækˌpɒt)
 
n
1.  any large prize, kitty, or accumulated stake that may be won in gambling, such as a pool in poker that accumulates until the betting is opened with a pair of jacks or higher
2.  hit the jackpot
 a.  to win a jackpot
 b.  informal to achieve great success, esp through luck
 
[C20: probably from jack1 (playing card) + pot1]

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jackpot
"big prize," 1944, from obsolete poker sense (1881) of progressive antes that begin when no player has a pair of jacks or better. Earlier, in criminal slang, it meant "trouble," especially "an arrest" (1902).
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Idioms & Phrases

jackpot

see hit the jackpot.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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