Ikasama (イカサマ – Cheating/Fraud)

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    Cheating in gambling and a fraudulent practice are called ikasama (イカサマ) in Japanese.

    Ikasama can be written as 如何様 in kanji — ika (如何) means “how” and sama (様) means “condition/state.”

    Originally, ikasama literally meant “how (is that),” but the meaning came to change into “too true” or “to be sure.”

    Furthermore, ikasama came to mean “as if it were true,” then it was used to represent “magic trick” or “gimmick.”

    Such meanings have almost faded away today, and it is usually used to mean “cheating (in gambling).”

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