If you parlay a bet, then you take the winnings from one bet and bet it again on something else. You might have seen a gambler on TV parlay her winnings into a huge fortune.

The verb parlay is often used to talk about gambling, but it can be used more broadly to describe any initial stake that you turn into something much larger. You might parlay your early investment in your brother’s company into a high-paying leadership role. Parlay also has a noun form that describes these kinds of transactions. You might notice your Uncle Bob once again betting a baseball parlay.

Definitions of parlay

v stake winnings from one bet on a subsequent wager

double up
Type of:
back, bet on, gage, game, punt, stake
place a bet on

n a series of wagers in which the winnings from one wager are used as a stake for the subsequent wagers

Type of:
bet, wager
the act of gambling

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