flesh and blood


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(one's) (own) flesh and blood

One's family member(s). You're my own flesh and blood—how you could you steal my story idea? She's our flesh and blood, so let's all try to get along with her while she's in town.
See also: and, blood, flesh

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 one's relative(s). In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "be" and "flesh." Also seen as "be (one's) own flesh and blood." You're my own flesh and blood—how could you spill my secrets to the tabloids? She's our flesh and blood, so let's all try to get along with her while she's in town.
See also: and, blood, flesh

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. Describing 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 relative(s). In this usage, "own" can be used before "flesh." You're my own flesh and blood—how could you spill my secrets to the tabloids? She's our flesh and blood, so let's all try to get along with her while she's in town.
4. An entity possessing life-like qualities. A skilled writer can take wooden characters and turn them into flesh and blood.
5. Human, and therefore flawed and imperfect. 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.’
See also: and, blood, flesh
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