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Topic: GAMBLING

Date: 1500-1600
Origin: Perhaps from abet 'support, help' (14-16 centuries), from abet 'to help'

bet

2 noun
     
bet2 [countable]
1DGG an agreement to risk money on the result of a race, game etc or on something happening, or the money that you risk:
a £50 bet
bet on
A few of us had a bet on who'd get married first.
place/put/lay a bet
We placed bets on three horses.
Bookmakers are already taking bets on the outcome.
win/lose a bet
If he scores now, I'll win my bet.
2

your best bet

spoken used when advising someone what to do:
Your best bet is to put an advert in the local newspaper.
The train might be a better bet.
3

a good/safe bet

an action or situation that is likely to be successful or does not involve much risk:
If you're looking for long-term growth, the government's own saving certificates are a pretty good bet.

➔ hedge your bets

at hedge2 (2)
4

it's a safe/sure/fair bet (that)

spoken used to say that something seems almost certain:
I think it's a pretty safe bet that he'll get the job.
5

my bet

spoken used when saying what you expect to happen in the future:
My bet is he'll be back this time next week.
6

do something for a bet

DGG to do something stupid, dangerous etc to win money from someone or to prove that you can do it:
He climbed the tree for a bet.
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