- a charge paid on a bet, as to a bookie.
- interest paid to a moneylender, especially a usurer.
Origin of vigorish
1910–15, Americanism; earlier viggresh, perhaps < an adaptation in Yiddish slang of Ukrainian výgrash or Russian výigrysh winnings, profit
Also called vig [vig] /vɪg/.
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Mind you, it ain't no vig'lance committee, but a mob, that's got him.
Drtt thotti sa dauglingr vera quado meth gumnom god-r kominn; sialfr gecc visi or vig thrimo ungum fra itrlauc grami.Teutonic Mythology, Vol. 1 of 3
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A vig'lance committee is the coolest kind of comin' together of the integrity an' the brains of a commoonity.
- US slang the interest on a loan that is paid to a moneylender
C20: short for vigorish, prob. via Yiddish from Russian vyigrysh profit, winnings
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