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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'

Seems determined to get his pound of flesh - or pound of something, anyway.
Amanda Hemingway THE GREENSTONE GRAIL: The Sangreal Trilogy One (2004)
Lady Rice still wants 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


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