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shark

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noun \ˈshärk\

Definition of shark

  1. :  any of numerous mostly marine cartilaginous fishes of medium to large size that have a fusiform body, lateral branchial clefts, and a tough usually dull gray skin roughened by minute tubercles and are typically active predators sometimes dangerous to humans

sharklike play \ˈshärk-ˌlīk\ adjective


What does jump the shark mean?

— jump the shark
: to undergo a significant change for the worse that decisively marks the point at which a period of success, excellence, or popularity ends (as for a TV series) and an unrecoverable period of decline begins

The phrase jump the shark derives from a 1977 episode of the American TV series “Happy Days” (1974–1984) in which the program's most popular character, Fonzie, jumped over a shark while waterskiing in his trademark leather jacket. Some years later that episode came to be widely identified as marking the beginning of the iconic show's decline.

<Nearly all TV shows ever produced have jumped the shark eventually. Such is the nature of television's creative conundrum. — Monica Collins, Boston Herald, 9 Jan. 2000>

<Most TV series take three seasons to jump the shark, but in the theater it can happen in 20 minutes … — Bob Verini, Daily Variety, 18 Sept. 2009>

<But in its headlong embrace of capitalism and corporate tie-ins, “Sex and the City” may have finally jumped the shark. — Laura Compton, San Francisco Chronicle, 30 May 2010>

<Not everyone agrees when Picasso's art jumped the shark. — Jeffry Cudlin, Washington Post, 27 Feb. 2011>

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Origin of shark

Middle English


First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with shark


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shark

noun

Definition of shark

  1. 1 :  a rapacious crafty person who takes advantage of others often through usury, extortion, or devious means <loan sharks>

  2. 2 :  one who excels greatly especially in a particular field



Origin of shark

probably modification of German Schurke scoundrel


First Known Use: 1599


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shark

verb

Definition of shark

  • transitive verb
    1. 1 archaic :  to gather hastily

    2. 2 archaic :  to obtain by some irregular means

    3. intransitive verb
    4. 1 archaic :  to practice fraud or trickery

    5. 2 archaic :  sneak



    1602

    First Known Use of shark

    1602


    SHARK Defined for Kids

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    shark

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    noun \ˈshärk\

    Definition of shark for Students

    1. :  a large usually gray saltwater fish that has sharp teeth and a skeleton of cartilage




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    shark

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    noun

    Definition of shark for Students

    1. :  a person who cheats others out of money





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