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flesh wound

[woond] /wund/
a wound that does not penetrate beyond the flesh; a slight or superficial wound.
Origin of flesh wound
First recorded in 1665-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for flesh wound
Historical Examples
  • I believe it is only a flesh wound, for I can wield my sword yet.

  • He got off with a flesh wound, but there is a great blot of red ink on the letter.

    Ghetto Comedies

    Israel Zangwill
  • Charley ripped up his sleeve; uncovering a flesh wound of no great depth.

    Alone Marion Harland
  • Porter Robinson, who happened to be in the line of fire, escaped with a flesh wound.

    Mike P. G. Wodehouse
  • I told you so; it's only a flesh wound in the right foreleg.

    Witch Winnie Elizabeth W. Champney
  • "Only a flesh wound in the calf of his left leg, sire," replied Butzow.

    The Mad King Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • Frank did not receive a scratch, but Ned received a flesh wound in the arm.

    Two Boys of the Battleship Frank V. Webster
  • He said it was only a flesh wound, but evidently he was in great pain.

    The Weight of the Crown

    Fred M. White
  • It was only a flesh wound in the shoulder that she received.

    Scouting with Daniel Boone Everett T. Tomlinson
  • It is only a flesh wound, and of no consequence; but I have lost a good deal of blood.

British Dictionary definitions for flesh wound

flesh wound

a wound affecting superficial tissues
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flesh wound in Medicine

flesh wound n.
A wound that penetrates the flesh but does not damage underlying bones or vital organs.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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