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noun [countable] British sweepstake pronunciation in British English /ˈswiːpˌsteɪk/
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  1. a form of gambling in which a group of people each pay for the name of someone who takes part in a race, competition etc. The person who has the name of the winner of the race, competition etc gets all the money.


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