Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A game of cards, in which apparently a player could take all the tricks or win all the stakes.
  • noun Same as sweepstakes.
  • By winning and taking all the stakes at once; hence, by wholesale; indiscriminately.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A winning of all the stakes or prizes.
  • noun obsolete A complete removal or carrying away; a clean sweep.

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

  • noun A lottery in which the prize or prizes constitute all the money paid by the participants.
  • noun US A prize draw.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • In that name sweepstake, his companions had come out rather well.

    The Battle of Forever

  • In his loneliness, the man had been entering "sweepstake" contests he received in the mail.

    CBC | Top Stories News

  • This meant that the influence of the southern oceanic gyre was gradually weakened, causing the "sweepstake" route to be closed.

    BBC - Ouch

  • This meant that the influence of the southern oceanic gyre was gradually weakened, causing the "sweepstake" route to be closed.

    BBC News | News Front Page | UK Edition

  • This meant that the influence of the southern oceanic gyre was gradually weakened, causing the "sweepstake" route to be closed.

    BBC - Ouch

  • Society B, combines with other finds of related dinosaur remains to show that the animals moved from their original southerly habitats into the future North America in "several separate dispersal events" rather than in the "sweepstake" style rush of an unstoppable competitor, Reisz told Postmedia News.

    canada.com Top Stories

  • This meant that the influence of the southern oceanic gyre was gradually weakened, causing the "sweepstake" route to be closed.

    BBC - Ouch

  • The manager had suggested the day before Stoke City's visit to White Hart Lane that Crouch would not play but he knew that he was back in good spirits when he saw him organising the players' Grand National sweepstake.

    Peter Crouch takes first step towards redemption for Tottenham

  • But as the 40 thoroughbreds prepare for the 164th running of this history-steeped epic on Saturday, behind the scenes something rather unexpected is going on: This sport's most unpredictable race is no longer the wide-open sweepstake it's supposed to be.

    Grand National Now a Matter of Class

  • A course was marked out, entries received, wagers offered and accepted, and a sweepstake instigated.

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