wager on (someone or something)

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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

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

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 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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Wagering on an Ironic God: Pascal on Faith and Philosophy.
The problem with taking the wager as an argument specifically for wagering on Christianity is that doing so leaves the Pascalian vulnerable to the many-claimants objection (also known as the "many-gods" objection).
While it could be argued that S&C Racing is wagering on the strongest races, Dr.
The approval was granted under Sportech's existing licence to provide exclusive pari-mutuel wagering on horseracing, greyhound racing and jai alai in the state, which is offered through telephone wagering and off-track betting locations.
Wagering on instant racing during the simulcast season climbed from $1.7 million in 2000 to nearly $6.4 million last year.
On hearing the news, Churchill Downs suspended wagering on the colt in its first `future betting pool'.
Wagering on the first Pick Six came to more than $3.3 million-without the participation of New York tracks or off-track wagering facilities in the State.