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loan shark

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noun Informal.
  1. a person who lends money at excessively high rates of interest; usurer.
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Origin of loan shark

An Americanism dating back to 1900–05
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  • Then, determined to get something out of the policy, he had gone to a loan-shark.

    The Best Policy

    Elliott Flower

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

    The Best Policy

    Elliott Flower


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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