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Shark

A company that is offering or executing a hostile takeover. If a firm makes an offer to shareholders to acquire a publicly-traded company after the board of directors refused, or if it bypasses the board completely, one refers to the acquiring firm as a shark. This is a derogatory term, and so one might expect the board, management, or even employees, to use it more than shareholders. See also: Shark repellent.

shark

An investor or firm that is hostile to the target firm's management and that is interested in taking over the firm.
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Then the Doctor turned to the big shark, and waving his hand he said,
I obeyed, swimming slowly on, while Otoo swam about me, keeping always between me and the shark, foiling his rushes and encouraging me.
The shark, finding that it was receiving no hurt, had become bolder.
He dropped in behind me, where the shark was preparing to come at me.
We met in the maw of a hurricane, and parted in the maw of a shark, with seventeen intervening years of comradeship, the like of which I dare to assert has never befallen two men, the one brown and the other white.
"Knowing fully the peril of my act, I thrust the blunt-sharp end of my squid-stick into the side of the shark, much as one would attract a passing acquaintance with a thumb-nudge in the ribs.
He did not know, and he was never to know, that one, known to men as Harley Kennan, but known as "Husband-Man" by the woman he called "Wife-Woman," who owned the three-topmast schooner yacht Ariel, had saved his life by sending a thirty-thirty Marlin bullet through the base of a shark's fin.
'It is also important to make fishing communities aware about the important role sharks play in the ecosystem,' he said, adding that Pakistan being a signatory to CITES needed to check illegal exports of shark products.
Based on figures from global environmental network the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, a quarter of sharks and rays are facing extinction.
eliminate about 23% of the ex-vessel value of legally caught sharks, causing economic harm to rule-following fishermen and undermining decades of progress towards sustainable shark fisheries management in the United States."
* To the species listed as Prohibited (highlighted in red), Florida state laws add: tiger shark, lemon shark and hammerhead sharks (great, scalloped and smooth).
While it's been difficult to gauge how sharks feel about this unsolicited attention, several studies in the past have shown that sharks more commonly swim away from people than toward them.