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Reportedly from Spanish banca, a card game.



bunco (plural buncos)

  1. (US, slang) A swindle or confidence trick.
  2. A parlour game played in teams with three dice, originating in England but popular among suburban women in the United States at the beginning of the 21st century.

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bunco (third-person singular simple present buncos, present participle buncoing, simple past and past participle buncoed)

  1. (transitive, intransitive, US, slang) To swindle (someone).
    • 1910, Erwin Rosen, In the Legion[1], edition HTML, The Gutenberg Project, published 2012:
      They felt very sorry (so they said) for the poor old eleventh company having been buncoed into taking such an awful pack of useless recruits.