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loan shark

noun, Informal.
1.
a person who lends money at excessively high rates of interest; usurer.
Origin
1900-1905
1900-05, Americanism
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Examples from the web for loan shark
  • We as a nation should not normalize loan shark practices.
  • There may have never been so opportune a time to look a loan shark in the eye and tell him to take a hike.
  • Even the risk of violence may be comparable between the legitimate sources of funding and the loan shark operations.
  • And the best way is not to go to your local loan shark and borrow money with a promise to pay back in the next payday.
British Dictionary definitions for loan shark

loan shark

noun
1.
(informal) a person who lends funds at illegal or exorbitant rates of interest
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Slang definitions & phrases for loan shark

loan shark

noun phrase

An underworld usurer; juice dealer, shylock (1905+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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