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Sunday, September 02, 2012

vigorish

\VIG-er-ish\ , noun;
1.
Interest paid to a moneylender, especially a usurer.
2.
A charge paid on a bet, as to a bookie.
Quotes:
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:
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."
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