flesh and blood


: corporeal nature as composed of flesh and of blood
: near kindred
used chiefly in the phrase one's own flesh and blood

Examples of flesh and blood in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For example, if your child's great-great-grandfather was a soldier in World War II, the stories of the Battle of Normandy are suddenly of flesh and blood. Jenna Wirth, Parents, 15 Mar. 2024 Allie still likes to paint and Noah is good with lumber, but an effort to maximize their relatability winds up sacrificing their flesh and blood. Naveen Kumar, Washington Post, 15 Mar. 2024 Here are a handful of stars who put their money — or their literal flesh and blood — where their heart is to make a grand statement on the romantic holiday. Diane J. Cho, Peoplemag, 9 Feb. 2024 Now, the one-time Jedi Padawan is finally stepping into the spotlight with her own live-action Star Wars series, which means that Ahsoka is finally becoming flesh and blood — and plastic. Devan Coggan, EW.com, 18 Aug. 2023 And are the flesh and blood members of Kiss really done playing concerts? Andy Greene, Rolling Stone, 3 Dec. 2023 New technology comes from dreamers, but their sheep need to be flesh and blood. WIRED, 3 Nov. 2023 Video From The New Yorker To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Too real, perhaps: flesh and blood, bone and tissue. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, 23 Sep. 2023 Some members found, to their great disquiet, that they were being trailed by private investigators hired by their own flesh and blood. Saskia Solomon, New York Times, 11 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of flesh and blood was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Flesh and blood.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flesh%20and%20blood. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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