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wager

1. an agreement or pledge to pay an amount of money as a result of the outcome of an unsettled matter
2. an amount staked on the outcome of such a matter or event
3. wager of battle (in medieval Britain) a pledge to do battle for a cause, esp to decide guilt or innocence by single combat
4. wager of law English legal history a form of trial in which the accused offered to make oath of his innocence, supported by the oaths of 11 of his neighbours declaring their belief in his statements
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I must see if there be none present to aid me in my wager.
Would'st advise me to meet a wager of the King's, that I can produce other archers as good as Tepus and Gilbert and Clifton?
Come hither, my lord Bishop of Hereford," quoth she, "would'st thou advance a sum to support my wager 'gainst the King?
An you pardon me, I would add to the King's wager that his men are invincible.
I'll take it at even money," she said, dismissing him; "and Your Majesty"--turning to the King who had been conversing with the two princes and certain of the nobles--"I accept your wager of five hundred pounds.
When I say I'll wager," returned Stuart, "I mean it.
A true Englishman doesn't joke when he is talking about so serious a thing as a wager," replied Phileas Fogg, solemnly.
A memorandum of the wager was at once drawn up and signed by the six parties, during which Phileas Fogg preserved a stoical composure.
I wot the wager were mine, an it were three hundred pounds.
Then all the foresters were filled with rage, and he who had spoken the first and had lost the wager was more angry than all.
Nay," cried he, "the wager is none of thine, and get thee gone, straightway, or, by all the saints of heaven, I'll baste thy sides until thou wilt ne'er be able to walk again.
And you will win your wager, if you do,' retorted Mr.