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loan shark Syllabification: loan shark
Pronunciation: /ˈlōn ˌSHärk/

Definition of loan shark in English:


informal, derogatory
A moneylender who charges extremely high rates of interest, typically under illegal conditions.
Example sentences
  • Others make frequent trips to pawn off paychecks at an interest rate a loan shark salivates over.
  • The rates may not seem onerous to borrowers when their only other source of credit is a loan shark.
  • Credit card holders know that borrowing on their card without repaying in full at the end of each month is the most expensive form of borrowing available - short of approaching a loan shark.


Pronunciation: /ˈlōnˌSHärkiNG/
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