flesh and blood

[flesh and blood] {n.} 1. A close relative (as a father, daughter,brother); close relatives. Used in the phrase "one's own flesh andblood".

Such an answer from her - and she's my own flesh and blood,too!

2. The appearance of being real or alive.

The author doesn'tgive his characters any flesh and blood.

3. The human body.

Beforechild labor laws, small children often worked 50 or 60 hours a week infactories. It was more than flesh and blood could bear.