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 Prominent Maltese businessman Yorgen Fenech and the suspected middleman, identified by local media as taxi driver and loan shark Melvin Theuma, both mentioned Schembri while under police interrogation, Malta Today reported. Fox News, "Malta PM’s chief of staff quits after being questioned in murder probe of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia," 26 Nov. 2019 Unbanked Indians often find themselves at the mercy of loan sharks and moneylenders, ultimately leading them to be trapped into debt. Nupur Anand, Quartz, "A look into India’s first digital village," 5 Nov. 2019 Calabrese, a loan shark who doubled as a hit man, was convicted in 2007 during the Operation Family Secrets trial. William Lee,, "Once one of the Outfit’s most colorful characters, ex-mobster Joey ‘the Clown’ Lombardo dies at 90 in federal prison," 21 Oct. 2019 Word on the street was that the owner got in over his head to a local loan shark and fled town. Washington Post, "‘The Contender’ remembers Marlon Brando as an actor and so much more," 18 Oct. 2019 Bifield and the Angels were accused of acting as collection agents for Mafia loan sharks. Edmund H. Mahony,, "Warren W. Eginton, Connecticut’s longest-sitting federal judge, dies at 95," 8 Oct. 2019 The owner of a popular barbershop considers selling the place to a loan shark who wants to convert it into a strip club. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 1 - 7, 2019: John Wayne in ‘The Searchers’ and more," 30 Aug. 2019 Three Irish wiseguys, looking to go on their own as loan sharks, need cash to get started. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "“The Kitchen,” Reviewed: An Engrossing Mob-Wife Drama That’s Relegated to a Table Read," 8 Aug. 2019 Police said Kelly admitted to operating a loan shark business. Cameron Knight,, "Police: North Avondale loan shark arrested in murder-for-hire plot," 22 July 2019

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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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9 Dec 2019

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“Loan shark.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 10 December 2019.

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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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