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Physically present, as opposed to appearing or communicating via a medium such as video. I won't be able to give my full presentation via the video conference, so I've decided to attend the meeting in person. The attendees expected a video message from the president, but were thrilled when he arrived to deliver the address in person. He's my favorite actor! I can't believe you met him in person!
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[of someone] actually physically present in a place rather than appearing in a film, on a television or computer screen, on a telephone, or through a radio broadcast. All the famous movie stars were there in person. You must appear in our office in person to collect the money that is due to you.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
Also, in the flesh. In one's physical presence, as in He applied for the job in person, or I couldn't believe it, but there she was, in the flesh. The first expression dates from the mid-1500s. The variant, from the 1300s, was long used to allude to the bodily resurrection of Jesus, but later acquired its looser meaning. Charles Dickens has it in Our Mutual Friend (1865): "The minutes passing on, and no Mrs. W. in the flesh appearing."
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
in ˈpersonpersonally; physically present: I’m sorry, I won’t be able to come in person, but I’ll send my assistant.
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In one's physical presence; personally: applied for the job in person.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.