bet the farm


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bet the farm

To risk everything on a venture that one thinks will be successful. Primarily heard in US. I wouldn't bet the farm on that wacky invention. He's broke now because he bet the farm on a failed business venture.
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bet the farm

risk everything that you own on a bet, investment, or enterprise. North American informal
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bet the ˈfarm/ˈranch

(American English) risk everything that you have on something: It might succeed but don’t bet the farm on it.It’s a bet-the-farm situation.
See also: bet, farm, ranch
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New Mini BMW bet the farm on the Mini and won in rare style.
They bet the farm on the iPod, which was the first real peripheral they built, and they bet the farm on the iPhone.
That's not to say that voters will choose to create a mayor, when the referendum takes place in May, but no ambitious politician is going to bet the farm on the public voting "no" when the poll could just as easily go the other way.
There are suggestions that things are coming back up, but I'm not going to bet the farm on it at the moment.
This all reminds me of how the life insurance business seems to have bet the farm on serving the Boomer market for the last 20 years, and now that the Boomers themselves are hitting retirement age, they are providing the life industry with a similar dilemma.
However, there aren't enough of them and this video chatting feature isn't something I would bet the farm on.
He was a talented and forward-thinking man willing to bet the farm on his instincts.
I WOULD bet the farm that HM the Queen would be delighted to see a National Defence Medal (NDM) set up for the British Armed Forces.
I would be willing to bet the farm that the letter author has never had a commercial or movie shot on her street.
And I'd bet the farm that the baby's mop of hair turns out as perfect as the baby's dad's.
If he's wearing a gimme cap bearing the name of "Brand X Corn Hybrids," you can bet the farm that's what's growing on his place.
It would probably be an exaggeration to say the chief executive of Sportech, owner of the Littlewoods brand, had bet the farm on the deal going ahead but he certainly saw it as crucial to secure the long-term future of football pools in the UK.
In short, don't bet the farm that marketing revenues are going to roll into the online multimedia sector over the short term.
If the inaptly named Argentine horse Asiatic Boy were to produce yet another stunning De Kock training triumph in the Sussex Stakes this afternoon, you can bet the farm that the locals will be hurrying to follow suit.
In the deep 1997 draft, they snagged Marian Hossa 12th, after other teams had bet the farm on players like Daniel Tkaczuk and Jason Ward.