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bingo

[bing-goh] /ˈbɪŋ goʊ/
noun, (sometimes initial capital letter)
1.
a form of lotto in which balls or slips, each with a number and one of the letters B, I, N, G, or O, are drawn at random and players cover the corresponding numbers printed on their cards, the winner being the first to cover five numbers in any row or diagonal or, sometimes, all numbers on the card.
interjection
2.
(used to call a win in bingo.)
3.
(used to express suddenness or swiftness, as of an action):
He waved his hand, and, bingo, the card reappeared.
4.
(used to acknowledge someone's sudden understanding or correct response):
Bingo! That's just what I meant!
Origin of bingo
1935-1940
1935-40; apparently alteration of beano1
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bingo

/ˈbɪŋɡəʊ/
noun (pl) -gos
1.
a gambling game, usually played with several people, in which numbers selected at random are called out and the players cover the numbers on their individual cards. The first to cover a given arrangement of numbers is the winner Compare lotto
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2.
a cry by the winner of a game of bingo
3.
an expression of surprise at a sudden occurrence or the successful completion of something: and bingo! the lights went out
Word Origin
C19: perhaps from bing, imitative of a bell ringing to mark the win
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Word Origin and History for bingo
n.

lotto-like game of chance, 1936; many theories about its origin, none satisfying; the most likely is bingo! as an exclamation of sudden realization or surprise (attested from 1923). Uncertain connection to the slang word for "brandy" (1690s); attested as "liquor" in American English, 1861. Thomas Chandler Haliburton ("Sam Slick") in "The Americans at Home" (1854) recounts a story of a drinking game in which the children's song about the farmer's dog was sung and when it came time to spell out the name, every participant had to take a letter in turn, and anyone who missed or flubbed had to drink.

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Slang definitions & phrases for bingo

bingo 1

interjection

An exclamation in reaction to something sudden and unexpected, or expressing sudden success: Have your contracts and debts declared void and, bingo, you're back in business

[echoic]

bingo 2

noun

Cheap wine

[Canadian; fr late 1600s bingo, ''brandy,'' and US mid-1800s bingo, ''liquor'']

bingo 3

noun

A more or less benign gambling game (1930s+)

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