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parlay

verb [T] uk   /ˈpɑː.li/  us   /ˈpɑːr.leɪ/ mainly US
to use or develop money, skills, etc. in a way that makes more money or leads to success: They parlayed a small inheritance into a vast fortune.
Translations of “parlay”
in Chinese (Traditional) 使增值,使產生效益…
in Chinese (Simplified) 使增值,使产生效益…
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