bet

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v bet have faith or confidence in "you can count on me to help you any time","Look to your friends for support","You can bet on that!","Depend on your family in times of crisis"
    • v bet maintain with or as if with a bet "I bet she will be there!"
    • v bet stake on the outcome of an issue "I bet $100 on that new horse","She played all her money on the dark horse"
    • n bet the act of gambling "he did it on a bet"
    • n bet the money risked on a gamble
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1980, a Las Vegas hospital suspended workers for betting on when patients would die
    • Bet imp. & p. p. of Beat.
    • a. & adv Bet An early form of Better.
    • n Bet That which is laid, staked, or pledged, as between two parties, upon the event of a contest or any contingent issue; the act of giving such a pledge; a wager. "Having made his bets ."
    • v. t Bet To stake or pledge upon the event of a contingent issue; to wager. "John a Gaunt loved him well, and betted much money on his head.""I'll bet you two to one I'll make him do it."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Author Dr. Seuss wrote the book "Green Eggs and Ham" because the editor made him a bet that he could not write a book, which contained less than fifty words
    • bet Obsolete and earlier Middle English form of better.
    • bet To pledge as a forfeit to another who makes a similar pledge in return, on a future contingency, in support of an affirmation or opinion; stake; wager.
    • bet To lay a wager; stake money or anything of value upon a contingency.
    • n bet The pledging of some valuable thing, as money (or of the doing of some onerous act), to bc forfeited, in ease some future event happens contrary to the assertion or belief of the one making the pledge, to another who pledges a forfeit in return on the opposite contingency.
    • n bet That which is wagered; also, that about which a wager is made.
    • n bet An obsolete preterit of beat.
    • n bet In faro, a card which is a case, that is, the only one of that denomination remaining in the box: so called because the player cannot be split.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Calvin Coolidge, was so famous for saying so little that a White House dinner guest made a bet that she could get him to say more than two words. She told the president of her wager. His reply: "You lose."
    • n Bet bet a wager: something staked to be lost or won on the result of a doubtful issue, as a horse-race, or the like
    • v.t., v.i Bet to lay or stake, as a bet:—pr.p. bet′ting; pa.t. and pa.p. bet or bet′ted
    • v.t Bet and v.i. to lay or stake, as a bet:—pr.p. bet′ting; pa.t. and pa.p. bet or bet′ted
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Quotations

  • Amar Gopal Bose
    Amar Gopal Bose
    “No one ever won a chess game by betting on each move. Sometimes you have to move backward to get a step forward.”
  • Samuel Butler
    Samuel%20Butler
    “What is faith but a kind of betting or speculation after all? It should be, I bet that my Redeemer liveth.”
  • Danny Mcgoorty
    Danny Mcgoorty
    “One of the worst things that can happen to you in life is to win a bet on a horse at an early age.”
  • American Proverb
    American Proverb
    “Nobody has ever bet enough on a winning horse.”
  • Pete Rose
    Pete Rose
    “Never bet on baseball.”
  • Damon Runyon
    Damon Runyon
    “The race is not always to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, but that is the way to bet.”

Idioms

All bets are off - (USA) If all bets are off, then agreements that have been made no longer apply.
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Bet the farm - If you bet the farm, you risk everything on something you think will succeed.
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Bet the ranch - (USA) If you bet the ranch, you risk everything on something you think will succeed.
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Bet your bottom dollar - (USA) If you can bet your bottom dollar on something, you can be absolutely sure about it.
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Hedge your bets - If you hedge your bets, you don't risk everything on one opportunity, but try more than one thing.
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Make bets in a burning house - (USA) If people are making bets in a burning house, they are engaged in futile activity while serious problems around them are getting worse.
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Safe bet - A proposition that is a safe bet doesn't have any risks attached.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Prob. from OE. abet, abetting, OF. abet, fr. abeter, to excite, incite. See Abet

Usage

In literature:

I'll bet he owns a mine down here somewhere.
"Across the Mesa" by Jarvis Hall
I bet we hiked up to Brewster's Centre a dozen times before Friday.
"Roy Blakeley's Camp on Wheels" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
I'll bet you're every day of that.
"Brand Blotters" by William MacLeod Raine
You bet, if he works it right.
"Desert Dust" by Edwin L. Sabin
Didn't you hear me bet Max that I'd go back?
"Starman's Quest" by Robert Silverberg
I'll bet they've let all the sets at their end get out of order.
"Eight Keys to Eden" by Mark Irvin Clifton
After the cards have been dealt the betting before the draw begins.
"Round Games with Cards" by W. H. Peel
Will you bet, stranger?
"The Quadroon" by Mayne Reid
I'll bet you were never in a fish cannery before in your life.
"El Diablo" by Brayton Norton
You wait, I fry um an' I bet you t'ink dat de bes' meat you ever eat.
"Connie Morgan in the Fur Country" by James B. Hendryx
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In poetry:

To such extremes were I and Bet
Perpetually driven,
We quarrell'd every time we met,
To kiss, and be forgiven.
"Epigram On The Author And Eliza Frequently Disffering In Opinion" by Sir John Carr
For she staked her all on conquest
Of the voluptuous host,
With society's devotees
Bet high, played long and lost.
"Ida" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
I sez to Mandy, sure, sez I,
I'll bet thet air patch o' rye
Thet he'll squash 'em by-and-by,
And he did, by cricket!
"Ezra on the Strike" by Ezra Pound
Says I "D'jer ever travel, Dan?"
"You bet I ain't!" says he;
"I tell you what! the place I've got
Is good enough fer me!"
"The Village Oracle" by Joseph C Lincoln
Says I, "D'jer ever read it, Dan?"
"You bet I ain't!" says he;
"And when I do; well, I tell you,
I'll let you know, by gee!"
"The Village Oracle" by Joseph C Lincoln
My sunshine Bet, she made her choice—
A good man he, and true;
And 'neath my fond contented eyes
Their pretty courtship grew.
"The Six Sorrows" by Dora Sigerson Shorter

In news:

Two years ago, an options trader bet big on the super-elite condos at the then-new Elysian Tower.
This week his bet paid off, though not quite as handsomely as he had hoped.
BET Networks, a division of Viacom, is now using Motorola's high-definition MPEG-4/AVC encoding for delivery of its programming in HD.
Brees vs Manning a good bet to entertain .
Hollywood Casino bets even non-gamblers will be entertained .
Scuffle doesn't entirely mar BET Awards.
Performances by Sean Combs ("P. Diddy"), 50 Cent and 2 Chainz not entirely overshadowed by scuffle between Rick Ross, Young Jeezy And G-Unit Crews at BET Hip-Hop Awards.
If you were going to imagine what OPI's first-ever short film would be, we're betting a dance battle with a pedicured horse wouldn't be the first thing that came to mind.
What the Fed's Historic Bet Means for You.
Bet you weren't no Rimbaud.
Dow puts a big bet on ethylene manufacturing.
Through The Years At the start of 2010 Whitney attend the BET Honors.
We're willing to bet most eyebrows aren't half as talented as these.
The Best Bet The Armory Show is usually about making careers.
I bet you don't know that librarians have, right from the start, been at the forefront of the digital information age.
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In science:

In some sense, here the methodology is reversed, betting first of a ”very non commutative” model and trying to guess a method to go down to low energy.
It is the ambiguity. (But only three generations)
My bet is to link it to a preferred kind of metrics, with a preferred set of coordinate systems.
It is the ambiguity. (But only three generations)
It is a safe bet— backed by the sd experience —that the pf results will become as satisfactory as the f p ones.
Spectroscopy with random and displaced random ensembles
Informally, if one considers two players1 : one betting (a|b) will hold, and the other it will not, if in a random experiment (dice toss, coin flip) b doesn’t hold, the game is drawn.
The temporal calculus of conditional objects and conditional events
Now, we should allow the players to repeat their bets.
The temporal calculus of conditional objects and conditional events
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