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.

Nearby words

  1. flemming,
  2. flench,
  3. flensburg,
  4. flense,
  5. flerovium,
  6. flesh and blood,
  7. flesh color,
  8. flesh fly,
  9. flesh out,
  10. flesh peddler

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 formsflesh·less, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for press the flesh

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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Word Origin and History for press the flesh
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Medicine definitions for press the flesh

flesh

[ flĕsh ]

n.

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


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Idioms and Phrases with press the flesh

press the flesh

Shake hands and mingle with people, especially when running for public office. For example, The candidate went through the crowd, pressing the flesh. [1920s]

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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