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put (one's) money on (something)
1. Literally, to lay one's money down as a wager on something. I don't know a lot about horse racing, so I'm just putting my money on the one I think looks fast. Why would you put money on such a terrible hand of cards?
2. By extension, to predict as a certainty or high likelihood that something will happen. Everyone is speculating what their newest smartphone design will be, but I'll put money on it being just another slight variation of their last one. Sarah's putting her money on the company having another round of layoffs right after New Year's.
put one's money on someone or something(to do something)
1. Fig. to bet money that someone or something will accomplish something. I put my money on the favorite to win the race. Donna put her money on the winning horse.
2. Fig. to predict the outcome of an event involving someone or something. (This is not a wager.) I put my money on Bob to get elected this time. Alice put her money on the most popular candidate.
put money on
Also, put one's money on. Bet on; also, consider likely or nearly certain, expect. For example, Jean put her money on Contender but the horse came in last, or I'm sure the President will speak to the crowd; I'd put money on it. This idiom was first recorded in 1931.
put money (or put your money) on1 place a bet on something. 2 have confidence in the truth or success of something.
put (your) ˈmoney on somebody/something
1 bet that a horse, dog, etc. will win a race: He put his money on Second Wind for the 3.30.
2 (informal) be certain that somebody will do something, or that something will happen: I’d put money on him passing that exam. ♢ I wouldn’t put any money on that car lasting much longer.
put money onSports & Games
To place a bet on.