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Date: 1800-1900
Origin: book 'list of bets made' (19-21 centuries) + maker

bookmaker

noun
     
Related topics: Gambling
book‧mak‧er also bookie informal [countable]
DGG someone whose job is to collect money that people want to risk on the result of a race, competition etc, and who pays them if they guess correctly

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