Synonyms for betting
- pony up
- buy in on
- lay down
- lay odds
- play against
- play for
- play the ponies
- put money on
- tempt fortune
- toss up
EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BETTING
"Ask Ullmer to bring his betting sheet," the Steward said to an assistant.
To him all forms of betting were highly disastrous—most immoral.
Will the betting men take a hundred dollars from me on this horse, Lauzanne?
He had even begged young Porter not to speak of his betting transactions.
Faust consulted his betting sheet, Crane looking over his shoulder.
After that the Colonel ruled a strong favorite in the betting.
But it is no miracle of ours, and I am betting it doesn't mean any good to us.
The Kid looked again at the betting ring; then he shook his head.
If the betting's ten to one against Nana he's got nothing to win there.
Bowls and beer, and cards and betting—it's ter'ble, ma'm, ter'ble.
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.