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Today's word is:
- A person who unscrupulously exploits or swindles others: Coleby was a shark, not the sort of man to pay more when he could pay less | property sharks want to develop 200 acres around the site. See also loan shark.
- An expert in a specified field: a pool shark.
ORIGIN: late 16th cent.: perhaps from German Schurke 'worthless rogue,'
verb (third-person singular simple present sharks, present participle sharking, simple past and past participle sharked)
- To steal or obtain through fraud.
- (intransitive) To play the petty thief; to practice fraud or trickery; to swindle.
- (intransitive) To live by shifts and stratagems.
- To pick or gather indiscriminately or covertly.
ORIGIN: Perhaps from the noun, or perhaps related to shear.