EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BET

This here fellow, now, couldn't make an honest livin' like that, I bet you.

You bet Mr. Arledge would 'a' got my decision right hot off the griddle.

I'll bet England never knew the Revolution was a-goin' on till it was over.

He fought his way back to the open of the paddock without making a bet.

I'll just re-enter that bet to the Little Woman while I think of it.

Yes, he had better make his bet before these whisperings came to other ears.

If he could have a bet on The Dutchman he would surely recoup his losses.

I'll bet money she done it just t' rasp his feelin's—and she sure succeeded.

"I didn't have no thousand in one bet on that race," he said.

I remember him because it took some explainin' to get the bet through his noddle.

WORD ORIGIN

1590s, as both a verb and noun, in the argot of petty criminals, of unknown origin; probably a shortening of abet or else from obsolete beet "to make good," from Old English bætan "make better, arouse, stimulate," from Proto-Germanic *baitjanan, in which case the verb would be the original. The original notion is perhaps "to improve" a contest by wagering on it, or it is from the "bait" sense in abet. Used since 1852 in various American English slang assertions (cf. you bet "be assured," 1857). Related: Betting.

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