bunco

bunco
[“barjko]
1. n. a scheme to swindle people. (From banca, the name of a card game in Spanish.)
He’s been fiddling with bunco on the West Coast.
All the stuff relating to bunco comes across this desk.
2. tv. to swindle someone.
They buncoed an old lady and left her penniless.
Fred tried to bunco a chick in Frisco, but felt sorry for her at the last minute.

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  • Bunco — (also Bunko and Bonko) is a parlour game played in teams with three dice. A winning throw in Bunco is to throw three of a kind of a specified number.According to the World Bunco Association [ [http://www.worldbunco.com/history1.html] World Bunco… …   Wikipedia

  • Bunco — Bun co, n. see {bunko}. [Written also {bunko}.] [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bunco — ☆ bunco [buŋ′kō ] n. pl. buncos [c. 1875 < Sp banca, card game < It, BANK1] Informal a swindle, esp. at a card game or lottery; confidence game vt. buncoed, buncoing Informal to swindle; cheat …   English World dictionary

  • bunco — Bunko Bun ko, n. [Sf. Sp. banco bank, banca a sort of game at cards. Cf. {Bank} (in the commercial sense).] A kind of swindling game or scheme, originally by means of cards or by a sham lottery, but now used for any swindling tactic. [Written… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bunco — or bunko noun (plural buncos or bunkos) Etymology: perhaps alteration of Spanish banca bench, banking, bank in gambling, from Italian more at bank Date: 1872 a swindling game or scheme • bunco transitive verb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • bunco N. Amer. — bunco N. Amer. informal noun (plural buncos) a swindle or confidence trick. verb (buncoes, buncoing, buncoed) dated swindle or cheat. Origin C19: perh. from Sp. banca, a card game …   English new terms dictionary

  • bunco game — noun a swindle in which you cheat at gambling or persuade a person to buy worthless property • Syn: ↑bunco, ↑bunko, ↑bunko game, ↑con, ↑confidence trick, ↑confidence game, ↑con game, ↑gyp, ↑hustle …   Useful english dictionary

  • bunco steerer — noun or bunko steerer : a confidence man : swindler * * * bunco steerer, U.S. Slang. a decoy or shill for a bunco …   Useful english dictionary

  • bunco-steerer — noun A swindler; a cheat or con man. Reef need act as no more than bunco steerer, all the research chores and assumptions of risk to be borne by Archie as principal party …   Wiktionary

  • bunco artist — Synonyms and related words: bunco steerer, cardsharp, cardsharper, carpetbagger, con artist, con man, confidence man, crimp, horse coper, horse trader, jackleg, land pirate, land shark, land grabber, mortgage shark, pettifogger, pitchman, shark,… …   Moby Thesaurus

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