pound of flesh
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There was deep brown flesh, and bronze flesh, and pallid white flesh, and flesh turned red from the hot sun.
Flesh encircled him at the main pool of the Paradise Hotel and Residences at Boca.
It also contains some clunky passages of adultery, temptations of the flesh, and general sexual awkwardness.
His flesh is sagging a bit, but he is still trim and looks lean, sinewy and tough.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The Dallas Cowboys sell out their state-of-the art football stadium.
It is full of poetic feeling, and the flesh tints are unusually natural.Women in the fine arts, from the Seventh Century B.C. to the Twentieth Century A.D.|Clara Erskine Clement
Such things happen to all flesh, from man even to beast, and upon sinners are sevenfold more.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version|Various
At this period it brought enormous prices, the finest selling at from fifteen to eighteen shillings per pound.
Woe to the man that first did teach the cursed steel to bite in his own flesh, and make way to the living spirit.Pearls of Thought|Maturin M. Ballou
In fact, on the palm a small drop of blood showed distinctly against the firm, pink flesh.Uncanny Tales|Various
Cultural definitions for pound of flesh (1 of 2)
Creditors who insist on having their “pound of flesh” are those who cruelly demand the repayment of a debt, no matter how much suffering it will cost the debtor: “The bank will have its pound of flesh; it is going to foreclose on our mortgage and force us to sell our home.” The expression is from The Merchant of Venice, by William Shakespeare.
Cultural definitions for pound of flesh (2 of 2)
A phrase from the play The Merchant of Venice, by William Shakespeare. The moneylender Shylock demands the flesh of the “merchant of Venice,” Antonio, under a provision in their contract. Shylock never gets the pound of flesh, however, because the character Portia discovers a point of law that overrides the contract: Shylock is forbidden to shed any blood in getting the flesh from Antonio's body.
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A debt whose payment is harshly insisted on, as in The other members of the cartel all want their pound of flesh from Brazil. This expression alludes to the scene in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice (4:1) where the moneylender Shylock demands the pound of flesh promised him in payment for a loan, and Portia responds that he may have it but without an ounce of blood (since blood was not promised). [c. 1600]