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Sunday, September 02, 2012

Definitions for vigorish

  1. Interest paid to a moneylender, especially a usurer.
  2. A charge paid on a bet, as to a bookie.

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Citations for vigorish
But a washed and polished white bread car driven by a single white man in this neighborhood could mean a cop, or worse yet, a Wise Guy hit man looking for somebody who was behind in their vigorish. Alan Souter, Enclave
We are speaking in a range of one thousand dollars a week vigorish. Don DeLillo, Libra
Origin of vigorish
1910-1915
Vigorish is an Americanism that arose in the 1910s. It is most likely an adaptation of the Yiddish slang výigrysh from the Russian word meaning "profit."