- 1[uncountable] the soft substance between the skin and bones of animal or human bodies The trap had cut deeply into the rabbit's flesh. Tigers are flesh-eating animals. the smell of rotting flesh
- 2 [uncountable] the skin of the human body She gently stroked the soft flesh of the baby's arm. flesh-colored (= the color of white people's skin)
- 3[uncountable] the soft part of fruit and vegetables, especially when it is eaten the sweet flesh of a mango
- 4 the flesh [singular] (literary) the human body when considering its physical and sexual needs, rather than the mind or soul the pleasures/sins of the flesh Idioms
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when you say that someone is flesh and blood, you mean that they are a normal human with needs, emotions, and weaknesses Listening to the cries was more than flesh and blood could stand.
flesh and bloodjump to other results
a person that you are related to You can't do that to your own flesh and blood!
your (own) flesh and bloodjump to other results
go the way of all flesh (saying)jump to other results
if you see someone in the flesh, you are in the same place as them and actually see them rather than just seeing a picture of them
in the fleshjump to other results
to make you feel afraid or full of disgust Just the sight of him makes my flesh crawl.
make your flesh crawl/creepjump to other results
the full amount that someone owes you, even if this will cause them trouble or suffering You're determined to have your pound of flesh, aren't you? From Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, in which the moneylender Shylock demanded a pound of flesh from Antonio's body if he could not pay back the money he borrowed.
(have, get, want, etc.) your pound of fleshjump to other results
(of a famous person or politician) to say hello to people by shaking hands
press (the) flesh (informal)jump to other results
to develop a basic idea, etc. by giving more details to make it more complete The strength of the book is that it puts flesh on the bare bones of this argument.
put flesh on (the bones of) somethingjump to other results
you intend to do good things but you are too lazy, weak, or busy to actually do them
the spirit is willing (but the flesh is weak) (humorous) (saying)jump to other results