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A ruthless moneylender; a loan shark.
intr.v. shy·locked, shy·lock·ing, shy·locks
To lend money at exorbitant interest rates.
[After Shylock, the ruthless Jewish usurer in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice who demands a pound of his debtor's flesh as compensation for default upon a loan.]
(Banking & Finance) a heartless or demanding creditor
[C19: after Shylock, the name of the heartless usurer in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice (1596)]
1. a relentless, revengeful moneylender in Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice.
2. a cruel moneylender.v.i.
3. (l.c.) to lend money for extortionate interest.
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|Noun||1.||shylock - someone who lends money at excessive rates of interest|
shark - a person who is ruthless and greedy and dishonest
|2.||Shylock - a merciless usurer in a play by Shakespeare|