The grasping Jew, who “would kill the thing he hates.” (Shakespeare: Merchant of Venice.)
(A). A grasping moneylender. (See above.)
“Respectable people withdrew from the trade, and the money-lending
business was entirely in the hands of the Shylocks. ... Those who had
to borrow coin were obliged to submit to the expensive subterfuges of
the Shylocks, from whose net once caught, there was little chance of
escape,” —A. Egmont-Hake: Free Trade in Capital, chap. vii.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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