- a wound that does not penetrate beyond the flesh; a slight or superficial wound.
Origin of flesh wound
First recorded in 1665–75
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Examples from the Web for flesh wound
Stanton was dead, and James was bleeding badly from the flesh-wound in his leg.L. P. M.
J. Stewart Barney
You saw what you did with two cartridges—got in one flesh-wound.The Voice of the Pack
He said it was only a flesh-wound, and remained with his command until night.From Manassas to Appomattox
From its feeling my arm seemed to be shot off, but it was only a flesh-wound.The Young Forester
Notwithstanding, we hoped it might be only a flesh-wound, and not to speed him in his sins.'Lorna Doone, A Romance of Exmoor
R. D. Blackmore
- a wound affecting superficial tissues
- A wound that penetrates the flesh but does not damage underlying bones or vital organs.