Topic: FISH

Sense: 1
Date: 1400-1500
Origin: Origin unknown.
Sense: 2
Date: 1500-1600
Origin: Probably from German schurke 'bad man'; influenced by SHARK1


shark [countable]
1 plural shark or sharksHBF a large sea fish with several rows of very sharp teeth that is considered to be dangerous to humans:
Sharks were circling around our boat.
shark-infested waters (=waters where there are a lot of sharks)
2 informal someone who cheats other people out of money
pool/card shark (=someone who uses their skill at pool or cards to cheat other players out of money)

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