- 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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Examples from the Web for vigorish
Watch for the agency to slap still more restraints on Comcast as a vigorish for letting it buy Time Warner Cable.A Deal Between Apple and Comcast Could Kill Netflix and Change the Future of Net-TV
March 25, 2014
Big gambling layouts know within minutes if a table is not making its vigorish.Vigorish
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