loansharking

or loan-shark·ing

[ lohn-shahr-king ]
/ ˈloʊnˌʃɑr kɪŋ /

noun

the practice of lending money at excessive rates of interest.

Nearby words

  1. loanblend,
  2. loanda,
  3. loanee ,
  4. loaner,
  5. loaning,
  6. loanshift,
  7. loanword,
  8. loath,
  9. loathe,
  10. loathful

Origin of loansharking

An Americanism dating back to 1965–70; loan shark + -ing1

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