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shy·lock  audio  (shlk) KEY  Offensive

NOUN:
A ruthless moneylender; a loan shark.
intr.v.
shy·locked, shy·lock·ing, shy·locks
To lend money at exorbitant interest rates.

ETYMOLOGY:
After Shylock, the ruthless Jewish usurer in The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare


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