pound of flesh


pound of flesh
a justified but disabling request

English contemporary dictionary. 2014.

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  • pound of flesh — If someone wants their pound of flesh, the force someone to pay or give back something owed, even though they don t need it and it will cause the other person a lot of difficulty …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • pound of flesh — phrasal : something which is justly due but which if given inflicts great injury on the giver the pound of flesh which I demand of him is dearly bought, tis mine, and I will have it Shakespeare loan sharks exacting their pound of flesh * * *… …   Useful english dictionary

  • pound of flesh — (your) pound of flesh if someone demands their pound of flesh, they make someone give them something that they owe them, although they do not need it and it will cause problems for the other person. His boss, demanding his pound of flesh, made… …   New idioms dictionary

  • pound of flesh — {n. phr.}, {literary} The maximum payment authorized by law. * /He had hoped that Peter would be lenient regarding the interest they had agreed on, but Peter demanded his full pound of flesh./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • pound of flesh — Date: 1827 a payment or penalty exacted to fulfill a deal or punishment < loan sharks taking their pound of flesh > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • pound of flesh — noun Something which is owed and which will be hurtful or difficult to provide; a debt owed to someone who is merciless and demanding. You must be under the impression that Im one of these damned New England sharks that get their pound of flesh… …   Wiktionary

  • pound\ of\ flesh — n. phr. literary the maximum payment authorized by law. He had hoped that Peter would be lenient regarding the interest they had agreed on, but Peter demanded his full pound of flesh …   Словарь американских идиом

  • pound of flesh —    If someone wants their pound of flesh, the force someone to pay or give back something owed, even though they don t need it and it will cause the other person a lot of difficulty.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • pound of flesh — revenge, an eye for an eye    For that insult, Simon will get revenge his pound of flesh …   English idioms

  • pound of flesh —  An exorbitant demand or payment. In Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice, SHYLOCK demands a pound of flesh as payment for his loan to Antonio …   American business jargon

  • pound of flesh — Meaning Origin From Shakespeare s Merchant of Venice. SHYLOCK: O father Abram, what these Christians are, Whose own hard dealings teaches them suspect The thoughts of others! Pray you, tell me this; If he should break his day, what should I gain… …   Meaning and origin of phrases


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