flesh

[ flesh ]
/ flɛʃ /

noun

verb (used with object)

Verb Phrases

flesh out,
  1. to gain weight: He realized to his dismay that he had fleshed out during the months of forced inactivity.
  2. to add details to or make more complete: She fleshed out her proposal considerably before presenting it to the committee for action.

Idioms

Origin of flesh

before 900; Middle English flesc, Old English flǣsc; cognate with Old Frisian flēsk, Old High German fleisk (German Fleisch), Old Norse flesk bacon

Related forms

flesh·less, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for flesh out (1 of 2)

flesh out


verb (adverb)

(tr) to give substance to (an argument, description, etc)
(intr) to expand or become more substantial

British Dictionary definitions for flesh out (2 of 2)

flesh

/ (flɛʃ) /

noun

verb

Word Origin for flesh

Old English flǣsc; related to Old Norse flesk ham, Old High German fleisk meat, flesh
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Medicine definitions for flesh out

flesh

[ flĕsh ]

n.

The soft tissue of the body of a vertebrate, covering the bones and consisting mainly of skeletal muscle and fat.

Related forms

fleshy adj.
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Idioms and Phrases with flesh out (1 of 2)

flesh out


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)

flesh


In addition to the idioms beginning with flesh

  • flesh and blood
  • flesh out

also see:

  • 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
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