- a person who lends money at excessively high rates of interest; usurer.
Origin of loan shark
An Americanism dating back to 1900–05
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Examples from the Web for loan shark
Vincent Asaro was also recorded telling CW-1 about collecting $30,000 on a loan-shark debt only for Di Fiore to demand half.
Vincent Asaro is also charged with joining co-defendants Ragano and Jack Bonventre in seeking to collect on loan-shark debts.
Then, determined to get something out of the policy, he had gone to a loan-shark.
A loan-shark does not lose much time in matters of this sort.
- informal a person who lends funds at illegal or exorbitant rates of interest
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