- a swindle in which a person is cheated at gambling, persuaded to buy a nonexistent, unsalable, or worthless object, or otherwise victimized.
- any misrepresentation.
- to victimize by a bunko.
Origin of bunko
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Examples from the Web for bunko
Say, you give me back my eighteen dollars, or I'll——You'll try your bunko game on me, will you?
Pa says he thinks I was cut out for a bunko steerer, and I may look for that kind of a job.Peck's Bad Boy and His Pa
George W. Peck
He cited the operations of bunko swindlers, gamblers and bandits and declared that the city was "wide open."
There were no burglaries, gambling, picking of pockets, bunko swindling or handbook betting.
He tries to tell me that this minin' business is all a bunko game, and that there's a paper out for the boss.
- a variant spelling of bunco
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