Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Supplies or funds advanced to a mining prospector or a person starting a business in return for a promised share of the profits.
  • transitive v. To supply with funds in return for a promised share of profits.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Money, materials, tools, food etc. provided to a prospector in return for a share in future profits
  • n. An amount of money advanced to someone starting a business in return for a share of the future profits
  • n. Money, necessities stockpiled to sustain an effort for a period of time.
  • v. To supply such funds to.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To fit out or supply with appliances, etc., for some operation or undertaking, on condition of sharing in the profits. See grub-stake, n.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. funds advanced to a prospector or to someone starting a business in return for a share of the profits
  • v. supply with funds in return for a promised share of profits

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Examples

  • Kellogg had termed his grubstake, before he knew it.

    The Fortune Hunter

  • The loan, known as a grubstake, entitled Bernard to a hefty share of the gold.

    Gazette.com :

  • Not much by Daddy's standards, but you'd figure someone with half a brain could do something constructive with that kind of grubstake, right?

    Devil's Waltz

  • He had been seeking a "grubstake," -- some one to finance another expedition into the virgin Clearwater for half of such gains as he should make.

    The Snowshoe Trail

  • Let it "grubstake" its intellectual prospectors and send them forth where

    The Frontier in American History

  • Now that he's been discharged, Wetter hopes to find some gold of his own using an anticipated loan for a "grubstake," an old mining term for money to sustain the search.

    LJWorld.com stories: News

  • Now that he's been discharged, Wetter hopes to find some gold of his own using a loan for a "grubstake," an old mining term for money to sustain the search.

    BusinessWeek.com --

  • "grubstake," an old mining term for money to sustain the search.

    Blog updates

  • Its parent company, Stephens Media, has helped grubstake a law firm called Righthaven, which is suing Internet entities that post articles from the paper without proper authorization.

    Jason Salzman: Ripping Off Newspaper Websites Shortchanges Democracy

  • Tivoli, of a winter's flutter at Circle City, and a grubstake for the year to come.

    Chapter 1

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