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.
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. 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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References in classic literature ?
I've no reason to be otherwise than proud of my own flesh and blood.
I won't sell him at all,' said the father; 'my own flesh and blood is dearer to me than all the silver and gold in the world.
It had never occurred to the straightforward and simple-minded Vicar that one of his own flesh and blood could come to this
There was a time, Trent, many, many years ago, when I was proud to think that she was my daughter, my own flesh and blood.
I love you as dear as if you were my own flesh and blood and you've been my joy and comfort ever since you came to Green Gables.
I wouldn't have blamed her for feeling dreadful bad over it--but you wouldn't have thought she'd be so selfish as to sacrifice her own flesh and blood because of it, would you?
But Becky was so engaged with the Baronet, her host, pouring out a flood of compliments and delights and raptures, and admiring young Pitt Binkie, whom she declared to be the most beautiful, intelligent, noble-looking little creature, and so like his father, that she did not hear the remarks of her own flesh and blood at the other end of the broad shining table.
King Lud flew into a frightful rage, tossed his crown up to the ceiling, and caught it again--for in those days kings kept their crowns on their heads, and not in the Tower--stamped the ground, rapped his forehead, wondered why his own flesh and blood rebelled against him, and, finally, calling in his guards, ordered the prince away to instant Confinement in a lofty turret; a course of treatment which the kings of old very generally pursued towards their sons, when their matrimonial inclinations did not happen to point to the same quarter as their own.
We are all sculptors and painters, and our material is our own flesh and blood and bones.
Poyser's own niece--folks must put up wi' their own kin, as they put up wi' their own noses--it's their own flesh and blood.
You're trampling down your own flesh and blood, that's what you're doing--eating the heart out of your own boy.
said Natty, shaking his head; “well, well, that man loves the new ways, and his betterments, and his lands, afore his own flesh and blood.
Nay, my heart's comfort, I never raised hand to woman yet, and it would be a passing strange thing if I began on my own flesh and blood.
That master's cruel treatment of his own flesh and blood, and vile designs upon a young girl who interested even his broken- down, drunken, miserable hack, and made him linger in his service, in the hope of doing her some good (as, thank God, he had done others once or twice before), when he would, otherwise, have relieved his feelings by pummelling his master soundly, and then going to the Devil.
You're worse than a heathen - treating your own flesh and blood in that manner