flesh and blood

noun

Definition of flesh and blood

1 : corporeal nature as composed of flesh and of blood
2 : 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 Here, Anne gets to be not just an iconic queen, but a flesh and blood human woman trying, and failing, to overcome the odds stacked against her. Caroline Framke, Variety, 9 Dec. 2021 Gerrard, that day, offered a glimpse of what happens when Roy Race exists in flesh and blood, rather than on the page: an endless round of hopeful, hopeless shots, each one more desperate than the last. New York Times, 5 Nov. 2021 Yet McCloud and his cast make these characters flesh and blood, not just historical examples. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, 31 Oct. 2021 Alas, the cultivation of trial personalities requires one to abstain as much as possible from participation in the brutally singular world of flesh and blood, where realizing any one possibility means canceling out countless others. Benjamin Kunkel, Harper's Magazine, 26 Oct. 2021 The beast-machine for Descartes was the idea that nonhuman animals were machines made of flesh and blood, lacking the rational, conscious minds that bring humans closer to God. Quanta Magazine, 30 Sep. 2021 Harrison is seen towering over tiny figures — not his own flesh and blood but four garden gnomes, which may or may not represent his former band. Jordan Runtagh, EW.com, 17 Aug. 2021 The theater at its best does something that movies and TV and other forms of storytelling can’t do, which is to remind us of the flesh and blood, the humanity that’s in the room with you. Allie Holloway, Harper's BAZAAR, 28 July 2021 Redniss has made a career of giving flesh and blood to abstraction, of working, coaxing, and teasing it from the realm of the unsayable into the light. Max Norman, The New Yorker, 23 July 2021

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First Known Use of flesh and blood

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

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Last Updated

11 Dec 2021

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“Flesh and blood.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flesh%20and%20blood. Accessed 29 Jan. 2022.

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