loan shark n.
a supplier of private loans at maximum interest.
|Sporting Times 14 Jan. 1/4: We each trust one another, we’re both thoroughbred; / I’m hard up for a fiver, and loan sharks I dread.‘An Improved Understanding’|
|Amer. Mag. 77 June 31–5: Opium is like the salary loan shark — a friend to-day, smoothing difficulty and trouble with a free and easy hand. Tomorrow it becomes a master, exacting a toll a hundredfold more terrible than the ills it eased.|
|Main Street (1921) 46: He had been called many things – loan-shark, skinflint, tightwad, pussyfoot – but he had never before been called a flirt.|
|People, Yes 40: The loan shark victims.|
|Man with the Golden Arm 264: Just like goin’ by the loan shark ’n gettin’ enough to pay off all the little debts with one big one.|
|On the Waterfront (1964) 110: The loan-shark leaned forward over Pop’s shoulder.|
|It’s Cold Out There (2005) 192: You ain’t making no loan shark out me.|
|Digger’s Game (1981) 65: Some loan shark.|
|London Fields 179: He had been borrowing money from a loanshark called Kirk Stockist.|
|Llama Parlour 231: I borrowed the final two grand from a goddamned loan shark.|
|White Boy Shuffle 84: A strong-arm man-child for a loan shark.|
|Random Family 247: He risked encountering people he owed money to [...] Delilah, the loan shark.|
|(con. 1973) Johnny Porno 31: Between the money he owed a load shark, his betting losses, and living expenses, Louis needed a score.|