pound of flesh

noun phrase

Definition of pound of flesh

: a payment or penalty exacted to fulfill a deal or punishment loan sharks taking their pound of flesh

First Known Use of pound of flesh

1827, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pound of flesh was in 1827

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“Pound of flesh.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pound%20of%20flesh. Accessed 5 Dec. 2021.

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