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flesh out


  1. tr to give substance to (an argument, description, etc)
  2. intr to expand or become more substantial
“Collins English Dictionary — Complete & Unabridged” 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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Idioms and Phrases

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.
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Example Sentences

It must flesh out characters we already know, while accommodating new faces at the prison.

In his childhood, he was put in a hospital for the criminally insane after biting a hunk of flesh out of his 9-month-old sister.

Much of the work has already been done in official and informal (Track II) negotiations to flesh out the details.

One thing we do need is a little more than one minute for these candidates to flesh out their answers.

For weeks already, NATO diplomats are bustling about trying to flesh out the meaning of the 2014 date.

I saw Marquesan women eating insects, worms, and other repellant bits of flesh out of sheer instinct and stomachic need.

With it he cut pieces of flesh out of his body and presented the Yakshas with them.

The fangs were so powerful that when I put my fingers to them, they literally tore a piece of flesh out.

His miracles are attributed to sorcery, the secret of which He brought in a slit in His flesh out of Egypt.

Before he could stir, two of them had bitten pieces of flesh out of the calves of both of his legs.


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