1. to cheat, to defraud, to steal; thus sharking n. [shark n. (3a)].
|Bk of Sir Thomas Moore facs.(D) (1911) I vi: Other ruffians as their fancies wrought [...] woold shark on you.|
|Honest Man’s Fortune III iii: You know you can shark, though you be out of action.|
|Spanish Gypsy II i: Some of them do but shark, and so do we.|
|Microcosmographie No. 75: An ordinary honest Fellow [...] do’s it faire and above boord without legerdemaine, and neither sharkes for a cup or a reckoning.|
|Gate of Languages Unlocked Ch. 83 817: A sharker (shifter) or make-shift sharks for money.(trans.)|
|Fables of Anianus (1692) CCXLI 218: It was Nature that taught this Boy to Shark.|
|(con. 1840s–50s) London Labour and London Poor I 384/2: Us sailor chaps sometimes sharks the Custom-house lubbers, sharp as they are.|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 24 Nov. 4/8: In his sales of hogs and hay / Oft the cocky’s sharked.|
|DSUE (8th edn) 1984.Middle Watch Musings (4th edn) in|
|(con. WWI) Soldier and Sailor Words 254: Shark, To: To steal.|
|(con. WWI) Old Soldiers Never Die (1964) 67: The head of that firm should have been [...] shot for the way they sharked us troops.|
|Burn, Killer, Burn! 115: I been sharked out of fifteen bucks!|
|(con. 1945) Tattoo (1977) 293: He [...] combed his hair into a gelatinous country pomp and tithed his pay and tithed the vigorish on his sharking.|
2. to treat unfairly, to victimize [SE shark].
|Gentleman Junkie (1961) 30: There was the simple way out of sharking someone else. Making someone else guilty.‘May We Also Speak’ in|