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loan shark

noun, Informal.
a person who lends money at excessively high rates of interest; usurer.
Origin of loan shark
1900-05, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Then, determined to get something out of the policy, he had gone to a loan-shark.

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  • A loan-shark does not lose much time in matters of this sort.

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British Dictionary definitions for loan-shark

loan shark

(informal) a person who lends funds at illegal or exorbitant rates of interest
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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