flesh and blood


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

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But don’t worry that flesh and blood will not be given their due. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: A ‘Carousel’ That Spins on a Romantically Charged Axis," 12 Apr. 2018 The ad implies that Gosar’s politics are so harmful, even his own flesh and blood won’t vote for him. Jewel Wicker, Teen Vogue, "How Campaign Ads Use Fear to Force Voters to React," 26 Oct. 2018 In one of Madelaine Petsch's recent videos from her YouTube channel, Lili made a guest appearance to spoil her Riverdale co-star with some true Hollywood treatment — a ton of faux flesh and blood. Brianna Wiest, Teen Vogue, "Lili Reinhart Created a Shark Bite on Madelaine Petsch's Leg With Makeup," 5 July 2018 In future, actors need not be creatures of flesh and blood, but could, like so many other things in an increasingly digitised world, exist as nothing more than long strings of 1s and 0s. The Economist, "What if AI made actors immortal?," 5 July 2018 That’s what’s interesting to me about these characters: They’re flesh and blood. Jay Stowe, New York Times, "On ‘Succession,’ a Media Mogul Gets the Conniving Family He Deserves," 30 May 2018 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Jakub Rudnik, chicagotribune.com, "From ‘scary times’ to record times: Ironman Andrew Starykowicz still blazing a trail," 24 May 2018 This is a shot that's been nailed by flesh and blood humans before, most notably Tiger Woods in 1993. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Watch a Robo-Golfer Nail a Perfect Hole-in-One," 8 Feb. 2016 The Hebrew Bible is the most un-ethereal of holy books, focused on the mundane labors and frequent failures of flesh and blood human beings. Rabbi Dan Fink, idahostatesman, "Neutrality is not a moral option | Idaho Statesman," 21 Apr. 2018

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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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