loan shark

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Origin of loan shark

An Americanism dating back to 1900–05
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Related Words for loan shark

Shylock, moneylender, usurer

Examples from the Web for loan shark

Contemporary Examples of loan shark

Historical Examples of loan shark

  • 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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