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n. Slang
1. A fee charged for the placement of bets by an illegal gambling broker or establishment.
2. Frequent and excessive interest payments charged by an illegal moneylender.
3. The payment of such fees or interest.

[Yiddish slang, from Russian vyigrysh, winnings : vy-, out; see ud- in Indo-European roots + igrat', to play.]


(Banking & Finance) high interest paid to a money lender


(ˈvɪg ər ɪʃ)

n. Slang.
1. a charge paid on a bet, as to a bookie.
2. interest paid to a moneylender, esp. a usurer.
[1910–15, perhaps < Ukrainian výgrash or Russian výigrysh winnings, profit]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.vigorish - an exorbitant or unlawful rate of interest
interest rate, rate of interest - the percentage of a sum of money charged for its use
2.vigorish - a percentage (of winnings or loot or profit) taken by an operator or gangstervigorish - a percentage (of winnings or loot or profit) taken by an operator or gangster
cut - a share of the profits; "everyone got a cut of the earnings"
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When a sportsbook creates its gambling lines it adds in a "vig" or "juice," which is slang for vigorish, a fee charged to make a bet.
Each poker hand won is diminished by the rake the casino or card room imposes, investments in sporting events are taxed by the vigorish (or vig), a nominal percentage of the wager that is paid by the losing side in the transaction.
Most publishers have said they wanted full subscriber data and for Apple to take a much smaller vigorish.
still scab my legs--a kind of vigorish paid for abundant living.
The way they talk about it, you would think some tattooed goon, seconded from a Macao casino, had cornered Lady Liberty and was demanding she pay the vigorish.