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