bet the ranch


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bet the ranch

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

bet the ranch

mainly AMERICAN
If you bet the ranch, you take a big risk in doing something, sometimes spending all your money to do it. I wasn't going to bet the ranch on the stocks. It was a brave policy pushed through despite warnings that it would be a disaster. He bet the ranch and he won.
See also: bet, ranch

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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The existence of an active market in corporate control in the English-speaking countries also means that it is easier to bet the ranch via a corporate acquisition spree than ever before.
According to Bill Bennett, odds are that Sawyer would have had a follow-up question, but don't bet the ranch.
The time to bet the ranch is when one or more of the majors makes a significant investment in the emerging technology du jour, not today's toe-in-the-water positioning.
You don't have to bet the ranch or give one away to run a successful sweepstakes.
The very small companies bet the ranch on one idea; we're dealing maybe with 800 ideas.
This makes the company's prepayment exposure much less than some of the other aggressive subprime issuers that bet the ranch on their gain on sale assumptions only to be burned by prepayments.
Store owners can't bet the ranch on the advice of eight people, he says.
Rebuking them after the fact may help, but I wouldn't bet the ranch on it.
She bet the ranch and lost everything, and then some.
To bet the ranch on electoral reform then be gratuitously rude to Labour MPs, as he was on Monday, when you need their support is a tactical blunder.
Bet the ranch that Evans brought up Karros, Grudzielanek, Brown and Dreifort to the other 29 clubs, but officials across baseball believe none is tradeable because of their contracts.
On the other hand, you probably don't want to bet the ranch on anyone's imaginings of a possible future.
If you bet the ranch on rental, it's a real tough year.
Which you can bet the ranch he will, although you're unlikely to find a bookmaker foolish enough to give you worthwhile odds on him applying for it or the Nevada Commission turning him down.