flesh and blood

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flesh and blood

 
1. Lit. a living human body, especially with reference to its natural limitations; a human being. This cold weather is more than flesh and blood can stand. Carrying 300 pounds is beyond mere flesh and blood.
2. Fig. the quality of being alive. The paintings of this artist are lifeless. They lack flesh and blood. This play needs flesh and blood, not the mumbling of intensely dull actors.
3. and own flesh and blood Fig. one's own relatives; one's own kin. That's no way to treat one's own flesh and blood. I want to leave my money to my own flesh and blood.
See also: and, blood, flesh

flesh and blood

 
1. human Many of the cartoon characters are more popular than their flesh and blood counterparts.
2. if you say that someone is flesh and blood, you mean that they have feelings or faults that are natural because they are human I may be a priest, but I'm not immune to pretty women. I'm only flesh and blood, after all.
See also: and, blood, flesh

flesh and blood

1. Human beings, especially with respect to their failings or weaknesses. For example, I can't do everything-I'm only flesh and blood. [c. 1600]
2. one's own flesh and blood. One's blood relatives, kin, as in She can't cut her own flesh and blood out of her will. [c. 1300]
See also: and, blood, flesh
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This spirit of vengeful puritanism is echoed in the show's third storyline, a melodrama about a morally upstanding couple who bury their beastly baby, Shockheaded Peter, beneath the floorboards - only to learn that it's not so easy to disavow one's own flesh and blood, however flawed.