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flesh and blood

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  1. offspring or relatives: one's own flesh and blood.
  2. the human body or nature: more than flesh and blood can endure.
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Origin of flesh and blood

Middle English word dating back to 1200–50
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words

clay, family, kin, offspring, organism, children, kids, relatives

Examples from the Web for flesh and blood

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  • People in love are rarely interesting--that is, flesh-and-blood people.

    Questionable Shapes

    William Dean Howells

  • For the possession of a flesh-and-blood god, he exchanged his own liberty.

    White Fang

    Jack London

  • To him she was an ideal of womanhood rather than a flesh-and-blood woman.

  • “Me,” the flesh-and-blood Francis Pfleuger said, pointing proudly at the statue.

    The Servant Problem

    Robert F. Young

  • It never for a moment struck me that it was not a flesh-and-blood visitant.

    True Ghost Stories

    Hereward Carrington

Idioms and Phrases with flesh and blood

flesh and blood


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]

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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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