loan shark


Definition of loan shark

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

Examples of loan shark in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Only a loan shark would dream of risking a dime on Ryan, as Keith would instantly have known. New York Times, 2 May 2022 Woo plays a promising boxer whose mother is in debt to a loan shark. Joan Macdonald, Forbes, 1 Jan. 2022 When the handover goes terribly wrong, Budge finds himself in a race against the clock to get a hold of his missing product and find a new buyer before the loan shark tracks him down. Elsa Keslassy, Variety, 4 Nov. 2021 The story unfolds as Thanasis (Dimitris Lalos), a family man struggling to pay his debt to a local loan shark, joins forces with several townsmen to negotiate more favorable terms to settle their accounts. Christopher Vourlias, Variety, 5 Nov. 2021 When the loan shark ends up dead and a witness spotted someone in Eva’s checkered coat leaving the scene of the crime, Jessica has to prove her friend’s innocence. Emma Rubin, Vulture, 21 June 2021 Later, a loan shark named Sykes plots a kidnapping, which the animals dramatically try to foil. Dewayne Bevil,, 2 Oct. 2020 Uncle Sam isn't cutting taxes, just taking on a quirky role as a loan shark who fronts you the money but expects to get paid back soon. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, 11 Sep. 2020 Recently, one of my patients borrowed money from a loan shark just to get a private taxi to the hospital. Zolelwa Sifumba, Scientific American, 4 Sep. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of loan shark

1905, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of loan shark was in 1905

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Last Updated

13 May 2022

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“Loan shark.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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