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English definition of “loan shark”

loan shark

noun [C]     informal disapproving
a person who charges large amounts of interest for lending money to someone, especially when their financial position means they cannot borrow money from a bank : Loan sharks target those with bad debt records because they may have difficulty getting loans from the usual sources .
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