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What does the term 'a pound of flesh' mean?

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What does the term 'a pound of flesh' mean?

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  1. Victor Strong

    The term 'a pound of flesh' represents a debt that is owed and must be paid at all costs usually at the inconvenience or discomfort of the borrower. The term comes from Shakespeares The Merchant of Venice. In this work Shylock demands a pound of his rival Antonio's flesh as a security or collateral for a loan. 

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