wager


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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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"We will be even with your father one of these days, though he has won the wager this time!"
Frank shall have this splendid chance; and I'll lay you any wager you like he makes the best of it."
'And you will win your wager, if you do,' retorted Mr.
"I am minded to take your wager," said the Queen musingly, "and will e'en do so if you grant me a boon."
"Nathless, I tell you now, your wager is in jeopardy, for there never were such bowmen as Tepus and Clifton and Gilbert!"
We have made a wager--a wager which could not have been foreseen, and of which I defy anyone to divine the true cause.
Fogg," said he, "it shall be so: I will wager the four thousand on it."
"When I say I'll wager," returned Stuart, "I mean it." "All right," said Mr.
I wager that thou causest no beast to die, with or without the aid of Our Lady."
"I have nought to wager. Come out for the love and the lust of the thing."
For once I would have taken him up upon his insulting wager. I would have won for the Arch-Enemy Mr.
When in liquor he would make foolish wagers. On one of these too frequent occasions he was boasting of his prowess as a pedestrian and athlete, and the outcome was a match against nature.