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[vig-er-ish] /ˈvɪg ər ɪʃ/
noun, Slang.
a charge paid on a bet, as to a bookie.
interest paid to a moneylender, especially a usurer.
Also called vig [vig] /vɪg/ (Show IPA).
Origin of vigorish
1910-15, Americanism; earlier viggresh, perhaps < an adaptation in Yiddish slang of Ukrainian výgrash or Russian výigrysh winnings, profit Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Big gambling layouts know within minutes if a table is not making its vigorish.

    Vigorish Gordon Randall Garrett
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Profits of a bookmaker, a usurer, a criminal conspirator, a casino, etc: I'm not nailing you no vig for last week/ About 180 percent a year in interest, known in the trade as vigorish, vig, or juice

[1908+ fr gambling; probably fr Yiddish fr Russian vyigrysh, ''profit, winnings'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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