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Definition of "flesh and blood" []

  • Human nature or physical existence, together with its weaknesses. (noun)
  • A person's blood relatives; kin. (noun)
  • Substance and depth in artistic portrayal; lifelikeness: characters lacking in flesh and blood. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "flesh and blood" in a sentence
  • "Once wounded, Kredlehken was certain the creature of flesh and blood could be finished off with ordinary swords."
  • "I must not forget that these coarsely-clad little peasants are of flesh and blood as good as the scions of gentlest genealogy; and that the germs of native excellence, refinement, intelligence, kind feeling, are as likely to exist in their hearts as in those of the best-born."
  • "Nor does the writer of the sketch of Mrs. Rowson in "Appleton's Dictionary of National Biography" in any way qualify his statement that the Charlotte of flesh and blood was buried in Trinity churchyard."