grubstake [ gruhb-steyk ]
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), grub·staked, grub·stak·ing.
3. to furnish with a grubstake: I grubstaked him to two mules and supplies enough for five months.
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WORDS RELATED TO GRUBSTAKE
stake, estate, backing, money, investment, principal, funding, gold, treasure, finances, resources, stock, business, means, funds, kitty, capitalization, subsidization, financing, substance
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Origin: An Americanism dating back to 1860–65; grub + stake
EXAMPLE SENTENCES FROM THE WEB FOR GRUBSTAKE
The others would bring enough for a winter grubstake, and would prolong their freedom and their independence just that much.
CABIN FEVER|B. M. BOWER
And the caballos need a grubstake for the winter worse than we do, because they can't eat meat.
NORTH OF FIFTY-THREE|BERTRAND W. SINCLAIR
On the strength of that I doubles my grubstake, and he no sooner gets his hands on the two sawbucks than he starts for the street.
ODD NUMBERS|SEWELL FORD
Half an hour afterward he came to the house with his parfleches, and asked me to put him up a couple of weeks' grubstake.
DESERT CONQUEST|A. M. CHISHOLM
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