Bingo



a form of lotto in which balls or slips, each with a number and one of the letters B, I, N, G, or O, are drawn at random and players cover the corresponding numbers printed on their cards, the winner being the first to cover five numbers in any row or diagonal or, sometimes, all numbers on the card.
(used to call a win in bingo.)
(used to express suddenness or swiftness, as of an action):
He waved his hand, and, bingo, the card reappeared.
(used to acknowledge someone’s sudden understanding or correct response):
Bingo! That’s just what I meant!
Contemporary Examples

Palin’s California Rescue Joe Mathews June 7, 2010
Tech’s Male ‘Feminists’ Aren’t Helping Cate Huston, Karen Catlin December 7, 2014
Atheist Philosopher Peter Boghossian’s Guide to Converting Believers Michael Schulson November 1, 2013
6 Funniest Moments from Conan’s Debut The Daily Beast Video November 8, 2010

Historical Examples

The Vehement Flame Margaret Wade Campbell Deland
The heart of happy hollow Paul Laurence Dunbar
The Vehement Flame Margaret Wade Campbell Deland
The heart of happy hollow Paul Laurence Dunbar
Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 147, October 14, 1914 Various
The heart of happy hollow Paul Laurence Dunbar

noun (pl) -gos
a gambling game, usually played with several people, in which numbers selected at random are called out and the players cover the numbers on their individual cards. The first to cover a given arrangement of numbers is the winner Compare lotto
sentence substitute
a cry by the winner of a game of bingo
an expression of surprise at a sudden occurrence or the successful completion of something: and bingo! the lights went out
n.

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