loan shark

noun

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 Later, a loan shark named Sykes plots a kidnapping, which the animals dramatically try to foil. Dewayne Bevil, orlandosentinel.com, "Disney Plus review: The twisted tale of ‘Oliver & Company’," 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, "Most won't face Trump's payroll tax break but federal workers will," 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, "We Can't Fight COVID-19 on a Country by Country Basis," 4 Sep. 2020 Black people were blocked from the banking system whites take for granted, and forced to turn to payday loan sharks. John Archibald | Jarchibald@al.com, al, "This is on us, White America," 29 May 2020 Ahsoka learns more about Trace when a loan shark named Pintu and a pair of his enforcers show looking to collect money from Trace’s sister, Rafa, a petty criminal just trying to make a better life for her and her sister. Alex Kane, USA TODAY, "The Clone Wars recap: Ahsoka Tano returns," 20 Mar. 2020 Bets are placed, an NBA championship ring is pawned, the gems go missing, the loan sharks smell blood in the Diamond District. Kyle Smith, National Review, "The Gonzo New York Movie Experience," 11 Dec. 2019 Enslaved by a loan shark, a violent fighter escapes and meets a blind man who teaches him humanity. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019," 22 Sep. 2019 Police have said Kelly admitted operating a loan shark business. Kevin Grasha, Cincinnati.com, "North Avondale 'loan shark' sentenced for murder-for-hire plot," 23 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of loan shark

1905, in the meaning defined above

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“Loan shark.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loan%20shark. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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loan shark

noun

English Language Learners Definition of loan shark

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

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