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: a bunco scheme/ the police bunco squad (1872+)noun
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]