verb (used with object)
- to gain weight: He realized to his dismay that he had fleshed out during the months of forced inactivity.
- to add details to or make more complete: She fleshed out her proposal considerably before presenting it to the committee for action.
Origin of flesh
Related formsflesh·less, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for flesh out (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for flesh out (2 of 2)
Word Origin for flesh
Medicine definitions for flesh out
Related formsflesh′y adj.
Idioms and Phrases with flesh out (1 of 2)
Also, put flesh on the bones of. Give substance to, provide with details, amplify. For example, The editor told her to flesh out the story, or You need to put flesh on the bones of these characters. This metaphoric expression, alluding to clothing a nude body or adding flesh to a skeleton, was in the mid-1600s put simply as to flesh, the adverb out being added about two centuries later.
Idioms and Phrases with flesh out (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with flesh
- flesh and blood
- flesh out
- go the way of all flesh
- in person (the flesh)
- make one's flesh creep
- neither fish nor fowl (flesh)
- pound of flesh
- press the flesh
- spirit is willing but the flesh is weak
- thorn in one's flesh