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Meaning of grubstake

grub•stake

Pronunciation: (grub'stāk"), [key]
— n., v., -staked, -stak•ing.
—n.
  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.
—v.t.
  1. to furnish with a grubstake: I grubstaked him to two mules and supplies enough for five months.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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