Definition of flesh and blood in English:

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flesh and blood


Used to emphasize that a person is a physical, living being with human emotions or frailties, often in contrast to something abstract, spiritual, or mechanical: the customer is flesh and blood, not just a sales statistic [as modifier]: he seemed more like a creature from a dream than a flesh-and-blood father
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  • The tracks of dirt left by your feet now lie in a realm much greater than any human of flesh and blood, including you.
  • But this eternal suffering cannot be revealed to mortal ears of living flesh and blood.
  • Sini explains that just because one is of nobility does not mean they are not mortal, flesh and blood, like everybody else.


one's (own) flesh and blood

A near relative or one’s close family: he felt as much for that girl as if she had been his own flesh and blood
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  • Her own family, her flesh and blood had talked back to her and Vikki had even taken Amy's side in the argument.
  • If you manage to satisfy the harshest critics of all, your flesh and blood, the average consumer is easy.
  • When you lose one of your own, when you lose your flesh and blood in that way, it changes you.
family, relative(s), relation(s), blood relation(s), kin, kinsfolk, kinsman, kinsmen, kinswoman, kinswomen, kindred, nearest and dearest, people
informal folks

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