Sharking

Definitions

  • In the salt water wuz sharks, torpedoes, dog fishes, goose-fishes, weak-fish
    In the salt water wuz sharks, torpedoes, dog fishes, goose-fishes, weak-fish
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Sharking Petty rapine; trick; also, seeking a livelihood by shifts and dishonest devices.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: More than 90% of shark attack victims survive
    • sharking Prowling or voracious like a shark; greedy; always on the outlook for something to snap up.
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Quotations

  • Alan Clark
    Alan Clark
    “There are no true friends in politics. We are all sharks circling, and waiting, for traces of blood to appear in the water.”
  • Woody Allen
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    “A relationship, I think, is like a shark, you know? It has to constantly move forward or it dies. And I think what we got on our hands is a dead shark.”

Idioms

Jump the shark - Said of a salient point in a television show or other activity at which the popularity thereof begins to wane: The Flintstones jumped the shark when a man from outer space came to visit them. The expression derives from an episode of the television sitcom 'Happy Days' in which Fonzie, clad in leather jacket and on water skis, jumps over a shark. That episode was widely seen as the beginning of the end for the formerly popular series.
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Loan shark - A loan shark lends money at very high rates of interest.
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Sharks are circling - If the sharks are circling, then something is in danger and its enemies are getting ready for the kill.
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Usage

In literature:

No sharks here, are there?
"Syd Belton" by George Manville Fenn
Mr Houghton, especially, knew well the danger they would encounter from the sharks, but he said nothing to damp their courage.
"The Three Lieutenants" by W.H.G. Kingston
Twice a shark came near us, but the brute was too large to give us a chance of catching it.
"From Powder Monkey to Admiral" by W.H.G. Kingston
They had almost reached the entrance, when, on either side, not one, but several sharks, came gliding up.
"The Three Admirals" by W.H.G. Kingston
I did as he advised, thankful to find myself out of the grasp of the sharks.
"The African Trader" by W. H. G. Kingston
It was a shark, measuring five feet and three inches in length, and he must certainly have weighed nearly a hundred pounds.
"Captain Mugford" by W.H.G. Kingston
Nothing can be more fittingly hideous than their idol god of war, with his grinning mouth armed with triple rows of sharks' teeth.
"The Cruise of the Mary Rose" by William H. G. Kingston
The poor fellow saw his danger, for the shark was making directly for him.
"Marmaduke Merry" by William H. G. Kingston
Give me as food for the sharks, I suppose?
"Peter the Whaler" by W.H.G. Kingston
Then, turning round, he dealt a tremendous blow at the tail of the shark, who had closely followed him.
"Salt Water" by W. H. G. Kingston
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In poetry:

Home of brokers, bummers, clerks,
Nest of sharpers, mining sharks,
Dried up lakes and desert parks,
Westralia!
"Ode to West Australia" by Anonymous Oceania
There was an old Shark with a smile
So broad you could see it a mile.
He said to his friends,
As he sewed up the ends,
"It was really too wide for the style."
"The Smiling Shark" by Carolyn Wells
In truth, 'twas strange to see that merry bark
Skimming the silver ocean, like a shark
At play amid the beautiful sea-green,
And all so sadly desolate within.
"The Death-Wake, Or Lunacy - Chimera II" by Thomas Stoddart
And this shows that the prince of the ocean,
To ladies forebearing and mild,
Though his record be dark,
Is the man-eating shark,
Who will eat neither woman nor child.
"The Rhyme Of The Chivalrous Shark" by Wallace Irwin
God is the Iz-ness of our Cosmic Biz;
The high, the low, the near, the far,
The atom and the evening star;
The lark, the shark, the cloud, the clod,
The whole darned Universe - that's God.
"Rosy-Kins" by Robert W Service
Our women and our children toiled beside us in the dark —
They died, we filed their fetters, and we heaved them to the shark —
We heaved them to the fishes, but so fast the galley sped
We had only time to envy, for we could not mourn our dead.
"The Galley-Slave" by Rudyard Kipling

In news:

Kings at Sharks, 10 pm ET.
The Kings, who have won five of their past six games, can secure a playoff berth with a win at the Shark Tank and take another step toward home-ice advantage in the first round.
Posted on August 16, 2012 at 8:27 pm by John Goodspeed in catfish, sharks.
It's Shark Week on television.
The question is, how did the sharks get the word.
Live shark falls from the sky.
Great white sharks congregating off Manhattan Beach Pier.
Two more great white sharks were caught and released off the Manhattan Beach Pier on Tuesday.
The spinner shark is a large yet slender fast-swimming shark that often leaps " spinning " as it explodes upward from the water.
Most fish can get melanoma, but sharks appear to be resistant to shark cancer, raising interesting questions for researchers.
Former Western Michigan University defenseman Matt Tennyson tallied a goal and an assist in seven games with the AHL's Worcester Sharks after signing an entry-level deal with the NHL Sharks in late March.
Videos of leaping thresher sharks are rare, but this underwater video shows a free-jumping thresher shark from below the surface.
Videos of leaping thresher shark s are rare, but this underwater video shows a free-jumping thresher shark from below the surface.
Luckily, this is only a simulation shark cage and part of Newport Aquarium 's Shark Fest.
This photo taken by Cape Cod Shark Hunters reportedly is the first successful shark sighting of the 2012 season.
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In science:

The ‘shark’s teeth’ for moderate |µ| grow, reaching up to mA ∼ 800 GeV.
CDM in Supersymmetric Models
When images are arranged by their “interestingness,” the first page of results contains many images of tigers, but also of a tiger shark, cats, butter fly and a fish.
Personalizing Image Search Results on Flickr
Sharke, Classification of Reflexive Polyhedra in Three Dimensions, Adv.
A period differential equation for a family of $K3$ surfaces and the Hilbert modular orbifold for the field $\mathbb{Q}(\sqrt{5})$
Sharke, Classification of Reflexive Polyhedra in Three Dimensions, Adv.
Period differential equations for families of $K3$ surfaces derived from 3 dimensional reflexive polytopes with 5 vertices
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