flesh and blood

offspring or relatives: one's own flesh and blood.
the human body or nature: more than flesh and blood can endure.

1200–50; Middle English

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flesh and blood

  1. Human beings, especially with respect to their failings or weaknesses. For example, I can't do everythingI'm only flesh and blood. [c. 1600]

  2. one's own flesh and blood. One's blood relatives, kin, as in She can't cut her own flesh and blood out of her will. [c. 1300]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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Example sentences
They are composed not of flesh and blood and hair, but of silver albumen and
But here again the labor-saving machine interposes at every turn, and warns the
  machine of flesh and blood off the premises.
Political enemies come to be seen as representatives of ideas rather than as
  flesh and blood.
Nor is there much flesh and blood in his labeled categories.
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