flesh and blood


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be flesh and blood

1. To have human flaws and thus be imperfect. I know you idolize me, but I'm flesh and blood, just like you—I make mistakes too.
2. To be related to someone. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "be" and "flesh." "Own" can also be used before "flesh" (as in "be one's own flesh and blood"). You're my own flesh and blood—how could you tell the tabloids about my divorce? She's our flesh and blood, so let's all try to get along with her while she's in town.
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flesh and blood

1. The human body (and the limitations thereof). We need to get a crane to move this slab—it's too heavy for mere flesh and blood to handle.
2. An actual, living person. It's hard to think of these relatives that I've never met as flesh and blood people.
3. One's family member(s). In this usage, "own" can be used before "flesh." You're my own flesh and blood—how could you tell the tabloids about my divorce? She's our flesh and blood, so let's all try to get along with her while she's in town.
4. A state of liveliness. A skilled writer can take woodenly characters and turn them into flesh and blood.
5. Flawed. I know you idolize me, but I'm flesh and blood, just like you—I make mistakes too.
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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.
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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]
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flesh and blood

COMMON
1. If someone is your own flesh and blood, they are a member of your family. The kid, after all, was his own flesh and blood. He deserved a second chance. You can't just let your own flesh and blood go to prison if there's any way you can help.
2. If you say that someone is flesh and blood, you mean that they have human feelings or weaknesses, and that they are not perfect. I'm flesh and blood like everyone else and I, too, can be damaged. We priests are mere flesh and blood. In fact we're often even weaker than others.
3. If you describe someone as a flesh and blood person, you mean that they are real and actually exist. His absence ever since her second birthday made her think of him as a picture rather than a flesh and blood father.
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ˌflesh and ˈblood

the human body; a normal person with weaknesses, desires, fears, etc: ‘Why did he do it?’ ‘Look, he’d been away from home for six months and he was lonely. He’s only flesh and blood, you know.’
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The priest offered the Mass to God, not the people; it was God's word and God's will that changed the bread and wine into Jesus, true flesh and blood.
Of course, their personalities are filtered through Achsa's writing, but she's apparently gifted enough with the written word to portray them as flesh and blood characters if that's what they were.
What better device to create a full, complex character than to have me cook and consume this dish, 're-embodying' the character in my own flesh and blood," she says.
And today, just as they have made a new child their son or daughter for life, with ties of love that are stronger than mere flesh and blood, so too have Christians been made children of God through adoption, again through ties of love stronger even than life or death.
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MY FLESH and Blood,'' which is on the Oscar short list for best documentary nominations, sounds, at least on the surface, like the kind of overly sentimental, greeting-card kind of story that you'd want to drive out of your way to avoid.
The practice of replacing injured or worn-out body parts with something other than flesh and blood goes back centuries.
It is perhaps one of the chief reasons the staunchly Roman Catholic Mary Tudor repealed the book upon her accession in 1553, for in addition to refusing the notion that kneeling in anyway implies adoration, the Black Rubric was boldly Calvinist in its denial of "any real and essential presence there being of Christ's natural flesh and blood.
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This weekend in our county, then, is a time of reflection and celebration, of meditation and thanksgiving, a chance for flesh and blood to touch what poet T.