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lay a wager

1. To make a bet. A: "There's no doubt in my mind that my team will beat yours in the championship!" B: "Oh yeah? Care to lay a wager on that?"
2. To be completely sure of something. I'd lay a wager that Jeremy tries to skip out on paying me back for dinner.
See also: lay, wager

lay odds

1. To offer a bet with favorable odds to other bettors. Bookmakers are laying odds that the company's new smartphone outsells its competitors 2:1.
2. To assert complete certainty about something. I'll lay odds that Jeremy tries to skip out on paying me back for dinner.
See also: lay, odds

wager (someone) a pound to a penny

To be convinced that something is very probable or likely (to happen or be the case). Primarily heard in UK. I've been hearing about layoffs and pay cuts for a while now, but I wager you a pound to a penny that none of the executives see a drop in their salaries. I'd wager a pound to a penny this issue was caused by a computer virus someone accidentally downloaded.
See also: penny, pound, wager

wager on (something)

1. To stake a certain amount of money on the outcome of some event or a participant thereof, with the ambition of winning money if successful. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "wager" and "on." I wagered $20 on Tom winning the race. My gambling problem got so severe that I even wagered the keys to my car on a card game one time.
2. To lay bets on the outcome of some event or a participant thereof, with the ambition of winning money if successful. I learned long ago not to wager on sporting events—too many weird things can happen in the course of a game. I've always wagered on the 49ers, but I think I want to back the Eagles today.
3. To predict or anticipate that something will happen or prove to be the case. I learned long ago not to wager on sporting events—too many weird things can happen in the course of a game. I've always wagered on the 49ers, but I think I want to back the Eagles today.
See also: on, wager

wager on someone or something

to bet on someone or something. I wouldn't want to wager on the outcome. I'll wager on Bill, the fastest runner in town.
See also: on, wager

wager something on someone or something

to bet a certain amount of money on someone or something. I'll wager twenty bucks on you. I would never wager anything on that horse!
See also: on, wager

lay a wager

see under lay odds.
See also: lay, wager

lay odds

Make a bet on terms favorable to the other party, as in I'll lay odds that it will rain before the week is out. [c. 1600] The closely related lay a wager means "make a bet," as in He laid a wager that Don would be late. [c. 1300]
See also: lay, odds

lay (or give) odds

1 offer a bet with odds favourable to the other person betting. 2 be very sure about something.
The opposite of lay odds in sense 1 is take odds which means ‘offer a bet with odds unfavourable to the other person betting’.
See also: lay, odds

wager on

v.
1. To place a wager of some amount on some event: I wagered $10 on the first race of the evening.
2. To place a wager of some amount on some participant in an event: I wagered $10 on the Detroit Tigers.
3. To place a wager or bet on some event: I wagered on the last race of the evening but lost.
4. To place a wager or bet on some participant in an event: I wagered on the Chicago Bears and doubled my money.
5. To expect or feel sure that something will happen: You can wager on Chris being late to the meeting.
See also: on, wager
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