American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Variant of bunco.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A swindle practised by two or more confederates upon a stranger (generally by gaining his confidence on the ground of alleged previous acquaintance with himself or some of his friends), who is allured to a house, and there fleeced at some game, openly robbed, or otherwise victimized. Also called bunko-game.
- To victimize, as by a bunko-man.
- n. alternative spelling of bunco.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A kind of swindling game or scheme, originally by means of cards or by a sham lottery, but now used for any swindling tactic.
- v. To swindle by a bunko game or scheme; to cheat or victimize in any similar way, as by a confidence game, passing a bad check, etc.
- n. a swindle in which you cheat at gambling or persuade a person to buy worthless property
“This scheme central the functioning of Wall Street is the definition of the traditional "confidence trick" also known as a bunko, hustle, scam or swindle.”
“If you roll three of any kind you gain 5 points, and if you roll three of that round's number (called a bunko) your instantly score 21.”
“Smoke theire Tobacco after a very meane, but I judge Original manner, Onely ye leafe rowled up, and light one end, holdinge ye other between their lips ... this is called a bunko, and by ye Portugals a Cheroota. ”
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“I tested this on lots of people -- the manager of our grocery store, ladies at a bunko party and my doctor's office.”
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