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Wager (noun)

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Wáger. n.s. [from wage, to venture.]

  1. A bett; any thing pledged upon a chance or performance.

    Love and mischief made a wager, which should have most power in me. Sidney.

    The sea strove with the winds which should be louder; and the shrouds of the ship, with a ghastful noise to them that were in it, witnessed that their ruin was the wager of the other's contention. Sidney, b. ii.

    Full fast she fled, ne ever look'd behind;
    As if her life upon the wager lay.
    Fairy Queen.

    Besides these plates for horse-races, the wagers may be as the persons please. Temple.

    Factious, and fav'ring this or t' other side,
    Their wagers back their wishes.

    If any atheist can stake his soul for a wager, against such an inexhaustible disproportion; let him never hereafter accuse others of credulity. Bentley's Sermons.

  2. [In law.] An offer to make oath. See to wage in law.

    Multiplication of actions upon the case were rare formerly, and there by wager of law ousted, which discouraged many suits. Hale.

Sources: Bentley, Richard (57) · Dryden, John (788) · Hale, Matthew (49) · Sidney, Philip (140) · Spenser, Edmund (254) · Temple, William (54)

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