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loan shark

n. Informal
One who lends money at exorbitant interest rates, especially one financed and supported by an organized crime network.

loan shark

n
(Banking & Finance) informal a person who lends funds at illegal or exorbitant rates of interest

loan′ shark`


n.
Informal.
a person who lends money at excessively high rates of interest; usurer.
[1900–05, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.loan shark - someone who lends money at excessive rates of interestloan shark - someone who lends money at excessive rates of interest
lender, loaner - someone who lends money or gives credit in business matters
shark - a person who is ruthless and greedy and dishonest
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Although it may not work when the loanshark calls on Tuesday with his big mates.
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12) However, Marcus had not only lost money on "shady business deals," but he also owed money to Corallo, a Luchese crime family loanshark.
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THE Birmingham loanshark busters have helped more than 1,300 victims and written off pounds 2 million worth of illegal debts since being launched three years ago.
Meg Henderson, 57, was so intrigued by the life of the mysterious loanshark that she decided to write her book, A Scent of Bluebells.
This is the moment when Fridge watches in disbelief as his plan to outwit loanshark Dancer fails.
He often goes to a mafia loanshark or shylock (derived from the Jewish moneylender Shylock in Shakespeare's play "The Merchant of Venice").
We now have evidence from two quantitative analyses, therefore, that anti loanshark activity benefited organizations that had associated themselves with this campaign.
5) One borrower went from being an apprentice lender, having owed money to a big loanshark for several years until he finally managed to 'set himself free' and start his own, part-time, moneylending business; another became a store owner on the strength of his earnings.