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 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 The other children had shed their reservations and had begun to see the boy as their flesh and blood. Shashank Bengalistaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Column One: Young Thai boxer looks like a lollipop, stings like a bee," 30 July 2019 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

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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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