bunco

noun
bun·​co | \ˈbəŋ-(ˌ)kō \
variants: or bunko
plural buncos or bunkos

Definition of bunco 

: a swindling game or scheme

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bunco transitive verb

Synonyms for bunco

Synonyms

con, fiddle [chiefly British], flimflam, fraud, gyp, hustle, scam, shell game, sting, swindle

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Examples of bunco in a Sentence

they were experts at that bunco, having fleeced wide-eyed tourists for years

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First Known Use of bunco

1872, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bunco

perhaps alteration of Spanish banca bench, banking, bank in gambling, from Italian — more at bank

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The first known use of bunco was in 1872

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