vig

Definitions

  • The commission one receives for conducting a transaction, usually gambling or drug deals, but can also be used in day-to-day transactions.

Example Sentences

  • "Chaim took a 10% vig on that job he got me tutoring little Sholomo for his bar mitzvah."

Languages of Origin

Yiddish, Russian

Etymology

vigorish - from Russian and Russian Yiddish "winnings"

Who Uses This

Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
gamblers, those in organized crime

Regions

North America, New York

Dictionaries

None

Notes

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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