vigorishes

vigorish

[vig-er-ish]
noun Slang.
1.
a charge paid on a bet, as to a bookie.
2.
interest paid to a moneylender, especially a usurer.
Also called vig [vig] .


Origin:
1910–15, Americanism; earlier viggresh, perhaps < an adaptation in Yiddish slang of Ukrainian výgrash or Russian výigrysh winnings, profit

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vigorish

noun
1. an exorbitant or unlawful rate of interest [syn: usury
2. a percentage (of winnings or loot or profit) taken by an operator or gangster [syn: rake-off
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