loan shark

noun

Definition of loan shark

:one who lends money to individuals at exorbitant rates of interest

First Known Use of loan shark

1905


LOAN SHARK Defined for English Language Learners

loan shark

noun

Definition of loan shark for English Language Learners

  • : someone who lends money to people and charges a very high rate of interest


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