Definition of in the flesh in US English:

in the flesh

phrase

  • In person rather than via a telephone, a movie, the written word, or other means.

    ‘they decided that they should meet Alexander in the flesh’
    • ‘I never saw him in the flesh, but I saw him on the TV on countless occasions.’
    • ‘When he meets her again in the flesh on a car park after a gig he discovers she is in fact a ghost who has been dead for 300 years.’
    • ‘Blackburn Rovers fans can meet one of their heroes in the flesh at a special signing session this afternoon.’
    • ‘What could be better than having the raunchy Anastacia live and in the flesh?’
    • ‘Not only does he not want journalists to meet people in the flesh, he will actively discourage them from doing any such thing.’
    • ‘It's very tough to make real judgments about people if you don't see them in the flesh.’
    • ‘My friends use it, my family use it, there are people I've known for years in the flesh who know me by no other tag.’
    • ‘Reminds me though, I once had a lunch with a blind colleague whom I'd spoken to on the phone a lot but not met in the flesh before.’
    • ‘Then they see me in the flesh and think I have lost too much weight.’
    • ‘The plan is that gamers will have a chance to meet and talk in the flesh, as well as play each other online.’
    • ‘The Fan Faire was a rare opportunity for them to meet in the flesh.’
    • ‘It was a splendid reminder of just how great live music is and how much better Quo are in the flesh.’
    • ‘She is a fascinating, beguiling woman who I feel very privileged to have met in the flesh.’
    • ‘I can't banish the thought that people would only be disappointed to meet me in the flesh.’
    • ‘Some television personalities look more ordinary when you meet them in the flesh.’
    • ‘At any rate, it turns out that I have recently met another blogger, in the flesh.’
    • ‘She also knows all the words to his songs, to meet him in the flesh.’
    • ‘There are stacks of people who have e-mailed me or commented over the last year or so who I would love to meet in the flesh.’
    • ‘Anyone who met him in the flesh will know what an inspiring character he was.’
    • ‘He knew as much about angels as the next person, but he'd never met one in the flesh, as it were.’
    in person, before one's eyes, in front of one, before one's very eyes, in one's presence
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