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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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ATR concluded a deal with broadcaster and account wagerer TVG last month, and Imi confirmed that transmission of a minimum of 25 hours of racing a week from its tracks would start in a few weeks' time.
When challenged with a dare that he wouldn't shoot a stranger for $25, Patrick jumped at the chance, loaded up the wagerer and a couple friends, and went for a reconnaissance ride.
The one tactic I have happened upon that sparks their interest is Pascal's wager, but that is because they interpret it as a wise choice, a good bet that speaks well for the wagerer's intelligence.
Only Blaise Pascal--existential wagerer, founder of mathematical probability, and defender of Jansenist Port Royal's miracles--could have fathomed it: "Everything that is incomprehensible does not [therefore] cease to exist." In the Tri-City revival of the late eighties and early nineties, our dependable impossibility was the weekly salvation of the most irreligious and unlikely people.