Shark. n.s. [canis charcharias, Latin.]
- A voracious sea-fish.
His jaws horrifick arm'd with threefold fate,
The direful shark. Thomson's Summer.
- A greedy artful fellow; one who fills his pockets by sly tricks.
David's messengers are sent back to him, like so many sharks and runnagates, only for endeavouring to compliment an ill-nature out of itself, and seeking that by petition which they might have commanded by their sword. South's Sermons.
- Trick; fraud; petty rapine.
Wretches who live upon the shark, and other mens sins, the common prisoners of youth, equally desperate in their fortunes and their manners, and getting their very bread by the damnation of souls. South's Sermons.