pound of flesh

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pound of flesh

n. pl. pounds of flesh
A debt harshly insisted upon.

[From Antonio's debt to Shylock in The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare.]

pound of flesh

n
something that is one's legal right but is an unreasonable demand (esp in the phrase to have one's pound of flesh)
[from Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice (1596), Act IV, scene i]
References in classic literature ?
I have always maintained that the popular notion of connecting excessive grossness of size and excessive good-humour as inseparable allies was equivalent to declaring, either that no people but amiable people ever get fat, or that the accidental addition of so many pounds of flesh has a directly favourable influence over the disposition of the person on whose body they accumulate.
But our council does not know a thing about compassion, they will have their pounds of flesh (or my pounds 35, a third of my weekly pension) no matter what so I have had to pay the fine and my little trip to my bank cost me almost pounds 1 per minute for parking and for what most people in their 80s have now and again "a senior moment.
Two hundred and twenty pounds of flesh washes over me like a wave.