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flesh and blood

noun
1.
offspring or relatives:
one's own flesh and blood.
2.
the human body or nature:
more than flesh and blood can endure.
Origin
1200-1250
1200-50; Middle English
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  • They are composed not of flesh and blood and hair, but of silver albumen and paper.
  • 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.
  • We have only the bare bones, a magnificent armature of course, but not living flesh and blood.
  • It's closer to an actual social interaction with a flesh and blood human being.
  • The discovery raised hopes that paleontologists could get their hands on the flesh and blood of vanished animals.
  • We enjoy spending time with flesh and blood humans beings.
  • Our enemy isn't flesh and blood, he knows what he is doing, he's had a lot of practice.
  • Although he's not entirely human, he is flesh and blood.
Idioms and Phrases with flesh and blood

flesh and blood

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