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vigorish

[vig-er-ish] /ˈvɪg ər ɪʃ/
noun, Slang.
1.
a charge paid on a bet, as to a bookie.
2.
interest paid to a moneylender, especially a usurer.
Also called vig [vig] /vɪg/ (Show IPA).
Origin of vigorish
1910-1915
1910-15, Americanism; earlier viggresh, perhaps < an adaptation in Yiddish slang of Ukrainian výgrash or Russian výigrysh winnings, profit
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