grubstake


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grubstake

[′grəb‚stāk]
(mining engineering)
In the United States, supplies or money furnished to a mining prospector for a share in his discoveries.
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In short, switching labor from food production to machine installation permanently reduces the fund available to grubstake and therefore to hire workers.
Horses were more independent-minded than a dog, preferring the open range as a grubstake to any barn and wintering there for six months as uncosseted as the elk or mule deer.
When the Wetherills discovered that miners were extracting pots from the canyon in competition with their own excavations, the family offered to grubstake them.
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He had but 50 cents left in his pocket, though, and to begin prospecting for gold, he needed a grubstake. He took a job making wheelbarrows, which sold for $10 apiece, and ended up never prospecting for gold.
If candidates and their campaigns were funded with public money, concerns with corruption would diminish and the playing field among candidates would be leveled somewhat because each candidate would receive the same amount in campaign funds, or at least candidates would receive enough of a grubstake to run an effective campaign, even if they faced a high-spending, privately-financed opponent.
Whilst these windfalls cannot be gobbled up by parents, it is plain that an pounds 800 grubstake (before investment) after 18 years of being sustained by the State, will be little short of an El Dorado for many.
I really liked Jonathan Rowe's proposal to use the estate tax to fund a grubstake for all Americans ["Every Baby a Trust Fund Baby," January 1-15, 2001].
For Jayme-Ratalahti, the Consumer Reports' retainer was a grubstake that kept them going until they built up a client base and a mythic reputation that persists to this day.
"He asked if I would grubstake him," said McFarlane, who told Stewart to look for a "little piece of land." What Stewart found was the 15,000-acre Sweet Ranch, some 16 miles northeast of Kiowa, Colo.
Give each member of a mining company a grubstake of $20, represented by twenty suitable manipulatives; a large paper plate "mining camp"; and a single sheet of one-fourth-inch graph paper.
Traders could be counted on to "grubstake" miners in their initial prospecting ventures, and on various occasions they sponsored the development of a new area by offering to outfit those men who would be willing to prospect it.