Definition of flesh and blood in English:

flesh and blood


  • Used to emphasize that a person is a physical, living being with human emotions or frailties, often in contrast to something abstract, spiritual, or mechanical.

    ‘the customer is flesh and blood, not just a sales statistic’
    [as modifier] ‘he seemed more like a creature from a dream than a flesh-and-blood father’
    • ‘But this eternal suffering cannot be revealed to mortal ears of living flesh and blood.’
    • ‘The phone is just a piece of metal, and my brother is flesh and blood.’
    • ‘It evokes a sense of wonder: is this man flesh and blood, like the rest of us?’
    • ‘But we looked again and saw that here was no phantom drinker but a man of flesh and blood.’
    • ‘The tracks of dirt left by your feet now lie in a realm much greater than any human of flesh and blood, including you.’
    • ‘In modern times, we do much the same, but our heroes are epic men of flesh and blood.’
    • ‘Fortunately, the Australian people know their leaders are just flesh and blood and not a species without sin.’
    • ‘Rembrandt painted his women the way, I suppose, they really are: flesh and blood.’
    • ‘Sini explains that just because one is of nobility does not mean they are not mortal, flesh and blood, like everybody else.’
    • ‘The technology is coming, he believes, and those who choose to remain flesh and blood will be left behind.’