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vigorish

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noun vig·o·rish \ˈvi-gə-rish\

Definition of vigorish

  1. 1 :  a charge taken (as by a bookie or a gambling house) on bets; also :  the degree of such a charge <a vigorish of five percent>

  2. 2 :  interest paid to a moneylender



Origin of vigorish

perhaps from Ukrainian vygrash or Russian vyigrysh winnings, profit


First Known Use: 1912


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