Sweep"stakes` (?), n.

1.

A winning of all the stakes or prizes; a sweepstake.

2. sing. ∨ pl.

The whole money or other things staked at a horse race, a given sum being put up for each horse, all of which goes to the winner, or is divided among several, as may be previously agreed.

3.

A race for all the sums staked or prizes offered.

 

© Webster 1913.

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