pound of flesh

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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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  • From Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, in which Antonio literally owes a pound of his flesh to the moneylender Shylock.
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Submitted on September 01, 2009

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