- the advantage in betting odds that a bookmaker or gambler creates to produce profit
- excessive interest as charged by a loan shark
Origin: prob. via Yiddish from Russian vyigrysh, winnings, profit
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- a. A charge taken on bets, as by a bookie or gambling establishment.b. The rate or amount of such a charge.
- Interest, especially excessive interest, paid to a moneylender.
Origin: Yiddish slang, from Russian vyigrysh, winnings : vy-, out; see ud- in Indo-European roots + igrat', to play.