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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Informal The practice of lending money at usurious, often illegal interest rates.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of loanshark. (Committing crimes as a loan shark, committing usury (loaning money at excessive rate of interest) especially when collecting under threat of violence.)


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