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flesh and blood

offspring or relatives:
one's own flesh and blood.
the human body or nature:
more than flesh and blood can endure.
Origin of flesh and blood
1200-50; Middle English Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • She is the only flesh-and-blood heroine to come into my life.

    Down the Yellowstone Lewis R. Freeman
  • “Me,” the flesh-and-blood Francis Pfleuger said, pointing proudly at the statue.

    The Servant Problem Robert F. Young
  • But at best it is a paper evidence against the Negro, while there is flesh-and-blood evidence against the White.

    The Soul of John Brown Stephen Graham
  • People in love are rarely interesting--that is, flesh-and-blood people.

    Questionable Shapes William Dean Howells
  • When he came this morning for a sitting he looked more like a pale martyr in a stained-glass window than a flesh-and-blood man.

    Our Square and the People in It Samuel Hopkins Adams
Idioms and Phrases with flesh-and-blood

flesh and blood

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 ]
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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