flesh and blood


flesh and blood
flesh and blood
1. Lit. a living human body, especially with reference to its natural limitations; a human being. •

This cold weather is more than flesh and blood can stand.

Carrying 300 pounds is beyond mere flesh and blood.

2. Fig. the quality of being alive. •

The paintings of this artist are lifeless. They lack flesh and blood.

This play needs flesh and blood, not the mumbling of intensely dull actors.

3. and own flesh and blood Fig. one's own relatives; one's own kin. •

That's no way to treat one's own flesh and blood.

I want to leave my money to my own flesh and blood.

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{n.} 1. A close relative (as a father, daughter, brother); close relatives. Used in the phrase "one's own flesh and blood". * /Such an answer from her - and she's my own flesh and blood, too!/ 2. The appearance of being real or alive. * /The author doesn't give his characters any flesh and blood./ 3. The human body. * /Before child labor laws, small children often worked 50 or 60 hours a week in factories. It was more than flesh and blood could bear./

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

Synonyms:
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