Pound-of-flesh meaning

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A debt harshly insisted upon.
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Due measure owed to one, esp. when demanded out of spite or vengeance.
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(idiomatic) Something which is owed and which will be hurtful or difficult to provide; a debt owed to someone who is merciless and demanding.
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Origin of pound-of-flesh

  • From Antonio's debt to Shylock in The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Shakepeare's The Merchant of Venice, in which Antonio literally owes a pound of his flesh to the moneylender Shylock.

    From Wiktionary