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POUND, weight. There are two kinds of weights, namely, the troy, and the avoirdupois. The pound avoirdupois is greater than the troy pound, in the proportion of seven thousand to five thousand seven hundred and sixty. The troy pound contains twelve ounces, that of avoirdupois sixteen ounces.

POUND, Eng. law. A place enclosed to keep strayed animals in. 5 Pick. 514; 4 Pick. 258; 9 Pick. 14.

POUND, money. The sum of twenty shillings. Previous to the establishment of the federal currency,, the different states made use of the pound in computing money; it was of different value in the several states.
     2. Pound sterling, is a denomination of money of Great Britain. It is of the value of a sovereign. (q.v.) In calculating the rates of duties, the pound sterling shall be considered and taken as of the value of four dollars and eighty cents. Apt of March 3, 1833.
     3. The pound sterling of Ireland is to be computed, in calculating said duties, at four dollars and ten cents. Id.
     4. The pound of the British provinces Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, and Canada, is to be so computed at four dollars. Act of May, 22, 1846.

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Not only does the court deny him his pound of flesh, he also cannot recover the money he loaned to Antonio.
Which character in Shakespeare's play The Merchant Of Venice owed a pound of flesh to Shylock?
Even if we're living in a mud hut surviving on grass shoots, they'll get their pound of flesh.
Her pilgrimage uncovers the barbarity and savagery of the "Great War," in which cruel and indifferent leaders feed their nation's sons to the jaws of death, and broken men offer their own pound of flesh to buy a ticket home.
Those writers, like myself, who opt for academe--as a way to pay the bills--while striving to write the Great American Novel or the next Leaves, are overburdened with the minutiae of administrative tasks often not related to teaching, which in itself, as any good teacher knows, extracts more than a pound of flesh and soul.
Michael Radford's adaptation, starring Al Pacino as Shylock and Jeremy Irons as the merchant who mortgages his pound of flesh, at least tries to add some perspective, explaining how many European Jews in 1596 practiced usury because most other forms of commence were denied to them.
Moore convinced the group's founders to allow him to remake the Club with a harder edge--exacting a political pound of flesh from politicians who did not share their fiscal policy of tax cuts, balanced budgets, and more tax cuts.
The moral: double-checking agency captions is worth more than a pound of flesh.
The softwood lumber debacle has already taken its pound of flesh, the mining sector is already downsized and tourism is already on its knees.
The liquidators got their pound of flesh when they bankrupted the entire Congregation of the Brothers in Canada for the sins of a few.