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A type for predatory behaviour; the image of the great white shark typifying particular ferocity was established in the public mind by the film Jaws (1975).

jump the shark (of a television series) reach a point when the inclusion of far-fetched events for the sake of novelty marks a decline. The origin is said to be an episode in the long-running US television series Happy Days, in which the central character (the Fonz) jumped over a shark when waterskiing.

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