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bunco

Syllabification: bun·co
Pronunciation: /ˈbəNGkō
 
/
(also bunko) North American informal

Definition of bunco in English:

noun (plural buncos)

[often as modifier]
A swindle or confidence trick: a bunco artist he was out to make a buck using fraud or bunco
More example sentences
  • Specially after I poked around and learned the Madame's qualifications for horoscope-readings consist of 19 convictions for fraud, bunco scams, and operating illegal ‘games of chance’ in Atlantic City.
  • But it's not just bunco artists who are suffering from this tightening of the purse strings.
  • Because the producers hired police bunco squad members as consultants, the movie shows us all the nuts and bolts of the sorts of scams that can be run in a tent-revival format.

verb (buncoes, buncoing, buncoed)

[with object] dated Back to top  
Swindle or cheat: he didn’t propose to be buncoed without a fight
More example sentences
  • The St. Regis tribe of Indians of Franklin County claim that they were buncoed by the last legislature, and are so incensed that an outbreak at the reservation is feared.
  • I never mingle with the crowds that are being buncoed [sic] in the big department stores of Los Angeles.
  • I just can't stay in the room and see you buncoed that way.

Origin

late 19th century: perhaps from Spanish banca, the name of a card game.

Words that rhyme with bunco

junco, unco

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