flesh Definition

  • 1the soft substance consisting of muscle and fat that is found between the skin and bones of a human or an animal body
  • 2the physical human body and its needs and desires, especially as distinguished from the mind or the soul
  • 3the surface of a fruit or vegetable that can be eaten, especially excluding the skin or rind

Using flesh: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "flesh" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The flesh of the fish was tender and juicy.

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    He was weak and his flesh was cold.

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    She was tempted by the pleasures of the flesh.

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    The flesh of the apple is sweet and juicy.

flesh Synonyms and Antonyms

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Phrases with flesh

  • in person, physically present


    I had only seen her on TV before, so it was exciting to finally meet her in the flesh.

  • flesh and blood

    used to emphasize that someone is a human being with physical feelings and weaknesses


    He's not a machine, he's flesh and blood like the rest of us.

  • to have a complaint or grievance to discuss with someone


    I have a bone to pick with you about the way you treated me yesterday.

Origins of flesh

from Old English 'flǣsc', related to German 'Fleisch'


Summary: flesh in Brief

The term 'flesh' [fleʃ] refers to the soft substance of muscle and fat found between the skin and bones of humans and animals. It also refers to the physical body and its needs and desires, as opposed to the mind or soul. Additionally, it can refer to the edible surface of fruits and vegetables, excluding the skin or rind. Phrases like 'in the flesh' and 'flesh and blood' emphasize physical presence and humanity, while 'have a bone to pick with someone' means to have a complaint or grievance.

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