from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A ruthless moneylender; a loan shark.
- intransitive v. To lend money at exorbitant interest rates.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A loan shark.
- v. To lend money at exorbitant rates of interest.
After Shylock, the ruthless Jewish usurer in The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the character Shylock, in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice (Wiktionary)