Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • noun funds advanced to a prospector or to someone starting a business in return for a share of the profits
  • verb 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 a loan for a "grubstake," an old mining term for money to sustain the search.

    BusinessWeek.com --

  • 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.

    ABC News: ABCNews

  • 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.

    The Monitor :

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

    LJWorld.com stories: News

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    October 8, 2010

  • 'Only that was the year Centerboard ran out of the money and Dad had the bankroll on him to show and they had to sell everything they had to get a grubstake.'

    - Nightmare Alley, William Lindsay Gresham

    June 30, 2012