Pronunciation: (grub'stāk"), [key]
—n., v., -staked, -stak•ing.
1. provisions, gear, etc., furnished to a prospector on condition of participating in the profits of any discoveries.
2. money or other assistance furnished at a time of need or of starting an enterprise.
to furnish with a grubstake: I grubstaked him to two mules and supplies enough for five months.
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