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[buhng-koh] /ˈbʌŋ koʊ/ Informal.
noun, plural buncos, verb, buncoed, buncoing.
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noun (pl) -cos, -kos
a swindle, esp one by confidence tricksters
verb -cos, -coing, -coed, -kos, -koing, -koed
(transitive) to swindle; cheat
Word Origin
C19: perhaps from Spanish banca bank (in gambling), from Italian bancabank1
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: a bunco scheme/ the police bunco squad (1872+)


(also bunco game)A swindle; con game, scam (1872+)


To swindle; defraud; flimflam: He was buncoed out of his seat in the House (1875+)

[said to be fr Banco, the name given in the 1850s by a crooked US gambler to the older game ''Eight-Dice Cloth''; Banco was probably based on Spanish banca, a card game similar to monte]

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