vigorish

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Yiddish וויגריש (vigrish), from Russian вы́игрыш (výigryš, winnings).

Noun[edit]

vigorish (countable and uncountable, plural vigorishes)

  1. (uncountable, slang) A charge taken on bets, as by a bookie or gambling establishment.
  2. (uncountable, slang) The interest on a loan of money, especially for loans made by a usurer or loan shark.
  3. (countable, slang) An amount owed on account of or payment of a bookie's charge or of interest.

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