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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
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."