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noun [C] uk   /ʃɑːk/ us    /ʃɑːrk/ (plural shark or sharks)

shark noun [C] (FISH)

B1 a large fish that has sharp teeth and a fin on its back that can sometimes be seen above the water: a great white shark a basking shark The movie 'Jaws' is about a man-eating shark.Sea fishFish and seafood

shark noun [C] (PERSON)

informal disapproving a dishonest person, especially one who persuades other people to pay too much money for something: People who need a place to live can often find themselves at the mercy of local property sharks.Unpleasant people in generalUnpleasant men
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