One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A person who gambles money on the outcome of a game or race.
backer, speculator, risk-taker, betterView synonyms
- ‘The staker finds himself in perpetual confusion as to how he arrives at picking his winning numbers.’
- ‘The staker has full control over how their cash is played.’
2Canadian A person who makes a mining claim.
- ‘By the end of 1898 roughly 30,000 prospectors had gone barging into the Klondike region, which would give up more than $22 million of its golden booty in 1900 alone - $733.33 for every claim staker and sand sifter in the joint.’
- ‘Claim staking is used in all provinces and territories as a way of indicating to the government and other prospectors/exploration companies the area that a claim staker wishes to explore.’
- ‘To stake a claim, a staker must have a prospecting licence.’
- ‘On boundary posts write (preferably in pencil): the letters "BP"; the name of the claim; the name of the staker; and the time and date the post was located.’
- ‘A claim staker may decide to stake a mining claim if test results (called assays) show the presence of minerals with some value.’
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