pound of flesh love

Help Wordnik hunt for a million missing words by backing our Kickstarter!


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A debt harshly insisted upon.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Something which is owed and which will be hurtful or difficult to provide; a debt owed to someone who is merciless and demanding.


From Antonio's debt to Shylock in The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Shakepeare's The Merchant of Venice, in which Antonio literally owes a pound of his flesh to the moneylender Shylock. (Wiktionary)


Sorry, no example sentences found.


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.