E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
A grasping money-lender. (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.