blood is thicker than water

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Blood is thicker than water definition


Our loyalty to our family — that is, to our blood relations — is strong no matter how we may feel about them.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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blood is thicker than water

Family ties are closer than other relationships. For example, Nancy will drop everything to help her sister; blood is thicker than water. Alluding to the fact that water evaporates without leaving a mark whereas blood leaves a stain, this proverb was first recorded about 1412.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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