Meaning of “shark” in the English Dictionary

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sharknoun [ C ]

us /ʃɑrk/

a type of large fish that has rows of sharp teeth

infml A shark is also a person who cheats other people, esp. if they seem trusting:

a loan shark

(Definition of “shark” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"shark" in Business English

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sharknoun [ C ]

uk /ʃɑːk/ us informal

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.

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(Definition of “shark” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)