n High interest on a loan. He got the money from a loan shark who charged him 10% a day in vigorish. 1910s

Historical dictionary of American slang . 2014.

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  • Vigorish — Vigorish, or simply the vig , also known as juice or the take , is the amount charged by a bookmaker, or bookie , for his services. In the United States it also means the interest on a shark s loan. The term is Yiddish slang originating from the… …   Wikipedia

  • vigorish — ☆ vigorish [vig′ər ish ] n. [prob. via Yiddish < Russ vyigrysh, winnings, profit] Slang 1. the advantage in betting odds that a bookmaker or gambler creates to produce profit 2. excessive interest as charged by a loan shark …   English World dictionary

  • vigorish — noun Etymology: perhaps from Ukrainian vygrash or Russian vyigrysh winnings, profit Date: 1912 1. a charge taken (as by a bookie or a gambling house) on bets; also the degree of such a charge < a vigorish of five percent > 2. interest paid to a… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • vigorish — /vig euhr ish/, n. Slang. 1. a charge paid on a bet, as to a bookie. 2. interest paid to a moneylender, esp. a usurer. [1910 15, Amer.; earlier viggresh, perh. < an adaptation in Yiddish slang of Ukrainian výgrash or Russ výigrysh winnings,… …   Universalium

  • vigorish — noun a) A charge taken on bets, as by a bookie or gambling establishment. b) The interest on a loan of money, especially for loans made by a usurer or loan shark. Syn: overround …   Wiktionary

  • vigorish — n. surcharge on bets; interest on a payment (Slang) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • vigorish —    (VIG er ish) [possibly Yiddish, from Russian: profit; winnings] The fee paid on a bet, as to a bookmaker, or the interest paid to a usurer or moneylender. Sometimes shortened, informally, to vig …   Dictionary of foreign words and phrases

  • vigorish — noun US informal 1》 an excessive rate of interest on a loan. 2》 the percentage deducted from a gambler s winnings by the organizers of a game. Origin early 20th cent.: prob. from Yiddish, from Russ. vyigrysh gain, winnings …   English new terms dictionary

  • vigorish — vig·or·ish …   English syllables

  • vigorish — vig•or•ish [[t]ˈvɪg ər ɪʃ[/t]] n. Slang. 1) sts a charge paid on a bet, as to a bookie 2) sts interest paid to a moneylender, esp. a usurer • Etymology: 1910–15, perh. < Ukrainian výgrash or Russ výigrysh winnings, profit …   From formal English to slang

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