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bun·coalso bun·ko (bŭng′kō)Informal
n. pl. bun·cos also bun·kos
A swindle in which an unsuspecting person is cheated; a confidence game.
tr.v. bun·coed, bun·co·ing, bun·cos also bun·koed or bun·ko·ing or bun·kos
[Probably alteration of Spanish banca, card game, from Italian banca, bank, of Germanic origin; see bank2.]
n, pl -cos or -kos
a swindle, esp one by confidence tricksters
vb, -cos, -coing, -coed, -kos, -koing or -koed
(tr) to swindle; cheat
[C19: perhaps from Spanish banca bank (in gambling), from Italian banca bank1]
or bun•co(ˈbʌŋ koʊ)
n., pl. -kos or -cos, n.
1. a swindle in which a person is cheated at gambling, persuaded to buy a nonexistent or worthless object, or otherwise victimized.v.t.
2. to victimize by a bunko.
Past participle: buncoed
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|Noun||1.||bunco - a swindle in which you cheat at gambling or persuade a person to buy worthless property|
bunco game, bunko, bunko game, con game, confidence game, confidence trick, flimflam, gyp, hustle, con, sting
sting operation - a complicated confidence game planned and executed with great care (especially an operation implemented by undercover agents to apprehend criminals)
|Verb||1.||bunco - deprive of by deceit; "He swindled me out of my inheritance"; "She defrauded the customers who trusted her"; "the cashier gypped me when he gave me too little change"|
con, defraud, diddle, gip, goldbrick, gyp, hornswoggle, mulct, nobble, rook, scam, swindle, short-change, victimize