n. The commission one receives for conducting a transaction, usually gambling or drug deals, but can also be used in day-to-day transactions.
"Chaim took a 10% vig on that job he got me tutoring little Sholomo for his bar mitzvah."
Languages of Origin
vigorish - from Russian and Russian Yiddish "winnings"
- gamblers, those in organized crime
- North America
- New York
Who Uses This
Not common. Detailed explanation of "vig" is given thorough explanation in David Foster Wallace's "Infinite Jest." Also shows up in Pynchon's "The Bleeding Edge."
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