loan-shark·​ing ˈlōn-ˌshär-kiŋ How to pronounce loan-sharking (audio)
: the practice of lending money at exorbitant rates of interest

Examples of loan-sharking in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web More recently, the town was known for its robust trade in secondhand minibuses and as a center for loan-sharking. Gamze Yilmazel, Washington Post, 27 July 2023 Over the past 15 years, the commission with an annual budget of $14 million has helped bring down dozens of members of organized crime as well as union officials in the International Longshoremen’s Association on charges including loan-sharking, money-laundering and extortion. Jess Bravin, WSJ, 1 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1914, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of loan-sharking was in 1914

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“Loan-sharking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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