American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A charge taken on bets, as by a bookie or gambling establishment.
- n. The rate or amount of such a charge.
- n. Slang Interest, especially excessive interest, paid to a moneylender.
- n. uncountable, slang A charge taken on bets, as by a bookie or gambling establishment.
- n. uncountable, slang The interest on a loan of money, especially for loans made by a usurer or loan shark.
- n. countable, slang An amount owed on account of or payment of a bookie's charge or of interest.
- n. an exorbitant or unlawful rate of interest
- n. a percentage (of winnings or loot or profit) taken by an operator or gangster
- From Yiddish slang, from the Russian выигрыш (vyigrysh, "winnings"). (Wiktionary)
- Yiddish slang, from Russian vyigrysh, winnings : vy-, out; + igrat', to play. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“But maybe that 3.6% is the "vigorish" -- i.e., the house's take.”
“They earn money by charging a commission, also known as a vigorish.”
“Sports books prefer an even amount of betting on both teams to mitigate risk, because they make an additional amount (called vigorish) on losing bets.”
“The interest, or "vigorish," on whatever he'd borrowed.”
“If the loan amount was $1,000, then the borrower had to pay $50 weekly in “vigorish,” or interest, until the entire principal was repaid.”
“The extra ten percent provides the commission, which is referred to as the juice, vigorish, or vig.”
“If you are selling, the firm can buy from you for less than it could resell the security for; that vigorish is called a markdown.”
“The lack of market transparency and efficient competition in these instruments indicates that much of the profit made in the current, "over-the-counter" market is simply vigorish extracted by the financial bookies.”
“And they keep doubling it until their vigorish almost kills the host they feed on.”
“Because the vigorish is way, way too high.allangoldstein. com”
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