Origin of bookie
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Does the bookie ask you how much coin you have and if you can afford to lose it?The Garden of Eden
Such determination on so young a face the bookie thought he had never seen.
"Got you, sonny," said the bookie, and bolted with a half-hearted grin.
Then he returned to the Paddock, passing a bookie with uplifted hand of protest.
"He's a powerful great horse, Mr. Woodburn," smiled the bookie.
- informal short for bookmaker
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Word Origin and History for bookie
1885, colloquial shortening of bookmaker in the wagering sense.
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