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bingo

[ bing-goh ]
/ ˈbɪŋ goʊ /
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noun (sometimes initial capital letter)
a form of lotto in which balls or slips, each with a number and one of the letters B, I, N, G, or O, are drawn at random and players cover the corresponding numbers printed on their cards, the winner being the first to cover five numbers in any row or diagonal or, sometimes, all numbers on the card.
interjection
(used to call a win in bingo.)
(used to express suddenness or swiftness, as of an action): He waved his hand, and, bingo, the card reappeared.
(used to acknowledge someone's sudden understanding or correct response): Bingo! That's just what I meant!
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Origin of bingo

First recorded in 1935–40; apparently alteration of beano1
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British Dictionary definitions for bingo

bingo
/ (ˈbɪŋɡəʊ) /

noun plural -gos
a gambling game, usually played with several people, in which numbers selected at random are called out and the players cover the numbers on their individual cards. The first to cover a given arrangement of numbers is the winnerCompare lotto
sentence substitute
a cry by the winner of a game of bingo
an expression of surprise at a sudden occurrence or the successful completion of somethingand bingo! the lights went out

Word Origin for bingo

C19: perhaps from bing, imitative of a bell ringing to mark the win
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