flesh and blood


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

Origin of flesh and blood

Middle English word dating back to 1200–50
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Related Words for flesh and blood

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

Examples from the Web for flesh and blood

Contemporary Examples of flesh and blood

Historical Examples of flesh and blood

  • 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]


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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