pound of flesh love

Definitions

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.

Etymologies

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)

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