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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 (someone or 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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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The house and ordinary wagerers were also better off in a situation where the computer-assisted bettor played a diversifying role in the pool.
Annual data on adjusted gross revenue (gross amount wagered, minus winnings paid to wagerers) by casino were collected from a variety of sources, which varied by state.
Adjusted gross receipts are defined as "gross receipts less winnings paid to wagerers." (119) The graduated tax rate for each riverboat is as follows: up to $25 million -- 15%; $25 million to $50 million -- 20%; $50 million to $75 million -- 25%; $75 million to $100 million -- 30%; in excess of $100 million -- 35%.
The symbolic dimension that enriches the Timorese cockfight in no way limits the wagerers who flock to tournaments to make money.
Although one of the dinner wagerers still holds out hope, Rubin expects to collect on both bets.
The question sparks much debate among the elderly, the scholarly, among prattlers and wagerers. Some contend that it began when our soldiers returned from the Crusades, bringing with them an influx of luxury from the East--silks, spices, fruits resembling hogsheads, musical instruments with necks long as loons'.
"Horse racing is a game you have to learn." To help educate novice wagerers, Hoosier Park produces a racing program with both the traditional-but-cryptic racing charts along with race information presented in English.