your pound of flesh
an amount you are legally entitled to, but which it is morally offensive to demand
The allusion here is to Shylock's bond with the merchant Antonio in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice and to the former's insistence that he should receive it, even at the cost of Antonio's life.
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go the way of all flesh
die or come to an end
In the Authorized Version of the Bible all flesh is used to refer to all human and animal life.
in the flesh
in person rather than via a telephone, film and article
make his flesh creep = make his flesh crawl
cause someone to feel fear, horror or disgust
put flesh on something = put flesh on the bones of something
add more details to something which exists only in a draft or outline form
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