- a swindle in which a person is cheated at gambling, persuaded to buy a nonexistent, unsalable, or worthless object, or otherwise victimized.
- any misrepresentation.
- to victimize by a bunko.
Origin of bunko
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Bunco grinned at this, and observed that it was “time for hims be go sleep.”
The active trapper and Bunco were at their heels in a moment.
You try to bunco me and now you conspire with an imbecile to humble me into the dust.Old Ebenezer
At this point Bunco was interrupted by a shout of “Land ho!”
Dey do us no harm,” said Bunco, grinning, “only chok full ob fun!
- a swindle, esp one by confidence tricksters
- (tr) to swindle; cheat
C19: perhaps from Spanish banca bank (in gambling), from Italian banca bank 1
- a variant spelling of bunco
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