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Parlay   Listen
verb
parlay  v. t.  
1.
To wager the winnings plus the initial stake of one bet on a subsequent wager, or to engage in a series of such increased wagers. Note: This is the characteristic act in a common betting system used by gamblers to try to achieve a large win from a small initial stake. Statistically, it is similar to betting a small stake on a game with a large payoff and a proportionately small chance of winning.
2.
To exploit success in one endeavor so as to achieve greater success in subsequent endeavors.
3.
Fig., to transform a gain into something of greater value.






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"Parlay" Quotes from Famous Books



... as the firing began, the commander and his men began to make their way toward the Greatest Noble. They had been forced to stand a good five yards away during the parlay, cut off from direct contact by the Imperial guards. The commander, sword in hand, began cutting his ...
— Despoilers of the Golden Empire • Gordon Randall Garrett

... expect a foreign young woman of your sense to do. So I'll give you a piece of advice, and it's this, don't you talk too much. You're not expected to say anything here, and you can't keep too quiet a tongue in your head. In short, the less you PARLAY, the better, you know." Mr. Bucket is very complacent over this ...
— Bleak House • Charles Dickens



Words linked to "Parlay" :   wager, bet, double up, punt



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