bunko

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n bunko a swindle in which you cheat at gambling or persuade a person to buy worthless property
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Bunko A kind of swindling game or scheme, originally by means of cards or by a sham lottery, but now used for any swindling tactic.
    • v. t Bunko To swindle by a bunko game or scheme; to cheat or victimize in any similar way, as by a confidence game, passing a bad check, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bunko A swindle practised by two or more confederates upon a stranger (generally by gaining his confidence on the ground of alleged previous acquaintance with himself or some of his friends), who is allured to a house, and there fleeced at some game, openly robbed, or otherwise victimized. Also called bunko-game.
    • bunko To victimize, as by a bunko-man.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Bunko bung′kō (U.S.) a form of confidence-trick by which a simple fellow is swindled or taken somewhere and robbed
    • v.t Bunko to rob or swindle in such a way
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Sf. Sp. banco, bank, banca, a sort of game at cards. Cf. Bankin the commercial sense)

Usage

In literature:

Pa says he thinks I was cut out for a bunko steerer, and I may look for that kind of a job.
"Peck's Compendium of Fun" by George W. Peck
You ain't northin' but moss-backs and bunko-men.
"The Skipper and the Skipped" by Holman Day
He bosses everything, gambling, stick-ups, bookmakers, pickpockets, bunko men, street walking women and dope peddling.
"Spring Street" by James H. Richardson
Pa says he thinks I was cut out for a bunko steerer, and I may look for that kind of a job.
"Peck's Bad Boy and His Pa 1883" by George W. Peck
You are a sort of capper for a gum bunko game, eh?
"Peck's Uncle Ike and The Red Headed Boy 1899" by George W. Peck
In the party was "Billy" Train, an old bunko-man.
"True Detective Stories" by Cleveland Moffett
His Foxy Scheme is to bunko Posterity.
"In Pastures New" by George Ade
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In news:

Republican Women's Bunko Dinner Saturday.
The Republican Women of Northeast Texas will host a Bunko Dinner Party on Saturday, June 23, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Family Center in Mount Vernon.
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