Definition of jackpot noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

jackpot

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BrE BrE//ˈdʒækpɒt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒækpɑːt//
 
 
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a large amount of money that is the most valuable prize in a game of chance to win the jackpot jackpot winners (figurative) United hit the jackpot (= were successful) with a 5–0 win over Liverpool. Word Origin late 19th cent.: from jack + pot. The term was originally used in a form of poker, where the pool or pot accumulated until a player could open the bidding with two jacks or better.Extra examples The National Theatre hit the jackpot with its first musical, ‘Guys and Dolls’. The company hopes to hit the jackpot with its new range of clothing. They scooped the jackpot in yesterday’s lottery. a prize jackpot of £100 000
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