Definition of “loan shark” - English Dictionary

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“loan shark” in British English

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loan sharknoun [ C ]

uk /ˈləʊn ˌʃɑːk/ us /ˈloʊn ˌʃɑːrk/ informal disapproving

(Definition of “loan shark” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“loan shark” in American English

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loan sharknoun [ C ]

us /ˈloʊn ˌʃɑrk/ infml disapproving

a person who charges a very large amount of interest for lending money

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

“loan shark” in Business English

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loan sharknoun [ C ]

uk us 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.

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

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