Pound of Flesh
The whole bargain, the exact terms of the agreement, the bond literatim et verbatim. The allusion is to Shylock, in The
Merchant of Venice, who bargained with Antonio for a “pound of
flesh,” but was foiled in his suit by Portia, who said the bond was
expressly a pound of flesh, and therefore (1) the Jew must cut the
exact quantity, neither more nor less than a just pound; and (2) in so
doing he must not shed a drop of blood.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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