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

Examples of flesh and blood in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web What interests him are institutions, and institutions, given flesh and blood by the people who work in and interact with them, are the protagonists of his films. Louis Menand, The New Yorker, "What Good Government Looks Like," 25 Nov. 2020 These are human beings, flesh and blood with feelings ... Brian Witte, Star Tribune, "Cummings wrote of 'pure pain' from Trump tweets on Baltimore," 17 Sep. 2020 His beautiful women are less flesh and blood than a waltz of curlicues conveyed in a palette of greens, peach, and ocher — nature’s colors. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "The Art of Posters," 11 Jan. 2020 Too much reduction, and the flesh and blood turn into billboards and are trivialized. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "The American Pavilion in the Venice Biennale: Safe and Sorry," 10 Aug. 2019 The self-conscious cheesiness of these videos mitigates the jarring sight of seeing a motion captured version of Courtney Hope, the charismatic actress who plays Jesse, next to the flesh and blood images of another actor. Christopher Byrd, Washington Post, "‘Control’: A space-warping science fiction game with much to like but not a lot to love," 29 Aug. 2019 Similarly, Serafina’s battles with Rosa over the girl’s blossoming sexuality don’t feel essential enough to the main story and Ella Rubin never quite succeeds in making Rosa feel like a flesh and blood teenager. EW.com, "Marisa Tomei gives her all to an unsatisfying revival of The Rose Tattoo," 16 Oct. 2019 This is men in flesh and blood engaging in a violent sport. Terry Pluto, cleveland, "Cleveland Browns: Two blowouts in five games a sign something is wrong," 9 Oct. 2019 Incorporating animation with a flesh and blood Smalls, the video depicts the sights, sounds and smells of a rock icon trying to earn a bit of cash. Jordan Runtagh, PEOPLE.com, "'Gimme Some (More) Money': Spinal Tap Bass Legend Derek Smalls Releases Hilarious New Music Video," 3 Sep. 2019

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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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“Flesh and blood.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flesh%20and%20blood. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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