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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