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pound of flesh



  1. something that is one's legal right but is an unreasonable demand (esp in the phrase to have one's pound of flesh)

Word Origin

from Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice (1596), Act IV, scene i

Example Sentences Including 'pound of flesh'

However as the three men made clear over the weekend, they too want their pound of flesh.
New Zealand Herald (2003)
I REFER to ``Fierce Greer extracts her pound of flesh ', by Samela Harris (The Advertiser, 11/ 9/ 04).
The Advertiser, Sunday Mail (2004)
Lady Rice still wants her pound of flesh , but is grateful to Angel for trying.
Weldon, Fay Splitting
Seems determined to get his pound of flesh - or pound of something, anyway.
Amanda Hemingway THE GREENSTONE GRAIL: The Sangreal Trilogy One (2004)
Surely, business--or at least, most of it--has always demanded its pound of flesh in exchange for electoral funding.
Business Today (1997)
The government needed Irish votes, and Redmond could demand his pound of flesh -- an undertaking to implement an Irish Home Rule Bill.
Frank Welsh THE FOUR NATIONS: A History of the United Kingdom (2002)
This is the same chairman who demanded his pound of flesh after the comments Chris Sutton once made and we will be demanding a big apology.
Times, Sunday Times (2005)
`Believe me, Sir, the city will get their pound of flesh from me.
Grace, C.L A Shrine of Murders


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