from Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice (1596), Act IV, scene i
pound of flesh for learners of English
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If you say that someone demands their pound of flesh, you mean that they insist on getting something they are entitled to, even though it may cause distress to the person it is demanded from. [disapproval] ⇒ Banks are quick to demand their pound of flesh when overdrafts run a little over the limit.
Seems determined to get his pound of flesh - or pound of something, anyway.Amanda Hemingway THE GREENSTONE GRAIL: THE SANGREAL TRILOGY ONELadyRicestillwants her pound of flesh , but is grateful to Angel for trying.Weldon, Fay SPLITTING`Believe me, Sir, the city will get their pound of flesh from me.Grace, C.L A SHRINE OF MURDERS