vig

Definitions

  • n. 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

      • gamblers, those in organized crime

      Regions

      • New York
      • North America

      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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