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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.]
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(Banking & Finance) high interest paid to a money lender
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vig•or•ish(ˈvɪg ər ɪʃ)
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]
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|Noun||1.||vigorish - an exorbitant or unlawful rate of interest|
|2.||vigorish - 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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