book·​ie | \ˈbu̇-kē \

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Examples of bookie in a Sentence

Their bookie is giving good odds.

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But that hasn't stopped bookies from laying odds on the possible gender and names for the next little Prince or Princess. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "These Are the Most Likely Names for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Baby," 18 Oct. 2018 When betting is outlawed, bookies cannot be held liable for taking advantage of their customers like this. Reuven Brenner, WSJ, "Legal Gambling Can Be Good for Sports—and Even for Opera," 3 Aug. 2018 Before Game 1 of the NBA Finals, Golden State was so heavily favored against the Cleveland Cavaliers, bookies gave the Warriors -750 odds, meaning gamblers had to wager $7.50 just to win a single dollar back. Jacob Bogage,, "Analysis: Worst sports championship gaffes, from Bill Buckner to Chris Webber to J.R. Smith," 1 June 2018 Vegas bookies have given Gronkowski 69-1 odds to win the Belmont Stakes, an apparent nod to Gronk's favorite number. Nihal Kolur,, "Rob Gronkowski's Horse Given 69–1 Odds to Win the Belmont Stakes," 25 May 2018 The other day, the U.S. Supreme Court legalized sports betting, essentially transforming politicians from every state in America into bookies. John Kass,, "Supreme Court OKs sports betting: Let the states wet their beaks," 16 May 2018 As far as the odds of her wearing Ralph & Russo—again, there's no one on the record yet—the line is a favorite amongst the bookie crowd in the UK, which yes, is betting on the designer of the royal wedding dress. Tess Kornfeld, Glamour, "We Might Have Just Gotten a Big Clue About Who's Designing Meghan Markle’s Wedding Dress," 5 May 2018 As if there isn't enough fanfare surrounding the impeding nuptials of Price Harry and Meghan Markle, British bookies have actually hyped the upcoming royal wedding into a full-fledged sport. Megan Decker, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle's Wedding Dress Designer Might've Just Been Leaked, Thanks to Gamblers," 20 Feb. 2018 The 59-year-old bookie would deposit the converted checks into her own Wells Fargo account. Nihal Kolur,, "Marlins Man Defrauded of Almost $1.5 Million by Bookeeper," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of bookie

1877, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bookie

by shortening & alteration

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