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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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Frank shall have this splendid chance; and I'll lay you any wager you like he makes the best of it."
"One of these days you'll wish you hadn't laid that wager," said the cynic philosopher.
Methinks that is a princely wager," added King Harry laughingly.
"I am minded to take your wager," said the Queen musingly, "and will e'en do so if you grant me a boon."
"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 wager that thou causest no beast to die, with or without the aid of Our Lady."
I wot the wager were mine, an it were three hundred pounds."
"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.
We have made a wager--a wager which could not have been foreseen, and of which I defy anyone to divine the true cause.
'And you will win your wager, if you do,' retorted Mr.