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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]
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He wants Antonio's life, and well he knows if a pound of flesh be cut from this poor merchant's breast he must die.
Why, this bond is forfeit: And lawfully by this the Jew may claim A pound of flesh, to be by him cut off Nearest the merchant's heart.
I'll admit that if Monty were to present himself in London to-morrow and demand his full pound of flesh we should be ruined, but he isn't going to do it.
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