Shark Shark, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Sharked}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Sharking}.] 1. To play the petty thief; to practice fraud or trickery; to swindle. [1913 Webster]

Neither sharks for a cup or a reckoning. --Bp. Earle. [1913 Webster]

2. To live by shifts and stratagems. --Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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