in the flesh

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a. The soft tissue of the body of a vertebrate, covering the bones and consisting mainly of skeletal muscle and fat: thought the boy needed some more flesh on his bones.
b. Such tissue of an animal, used as food: flesh of a cow; fish with white flesh.
c. The surface or skin of the human body: goosebumps on my flesh.
d. Fatty tissue: "a woman of wide and abundant flesh" (A.S. Byatt).
2. Botany The pulpy, usually edible part of a fruit or vegetable.
a. The human body: "the thousand natural shocks / That flesh is heir to" (Shakespeare).
b. Sensual appetites: gratification of the flesh.
4. Substance; reality: "The maritime strategy has an all but unstoppable institutional momentum behind it ... that has given force and flesh to the theory" (Jack Beatty).
v. fleshed, flesh·ing, flesh·es
1. To give substance or detail to; fill out. Often used with out: fleshed out the novel with a subplot.
2. To clean (a hide) of adhering flesh.
3. To encourage (a falcon, for example) to participate in the chase by feeding it flesh from a kill.
4. To plunge or thrust (a weapon) into flesh.
5. Archaic To inure (troops, for instance) to battle or bloodshed.
To become plump or fleshy; gain weight.
go the way of all flesh
1. To die.
2. To come to an end.
in the flesh
1. Alive.
2. In person; present.

[Middle English, from Old English flǣsc.]

flesh′less adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: the flesh - an appearance carried out personally in someone else's physical presence; "he carried out the negotiations in person"; "a personal appearance is an appearance by a person in the flesh"
personal - concerning or affecting a particular person or his or her private life and personality; "a personal favor"; "for your personal use"; "personal papers"; "I have something personal to tell you"; "a personal God"; "he has his personal bank account and she has hers"
بِلَحْمِهِ وشَحْمِهِ، شَخْصيا
i egen personi levende live
aus Fleisch und Blutin echtleibhaftig
en chair et en osen personneen présence actuelle
í eigin persónu
in personamin presentia actuale
in het vleespersoonlijk
na pessoa


(fleʃ) noun
1. the soft substance (muscles etc) that covers the bones of animals.
2. the soft part of fruit. the golden flesh of a peach.
ˈfleshy adjective
fat. a fleshy face.
flesh and blood
1. relations; family. She is my own flesh and blood.
2. human nature. It is more than flesh and blood can tolerate.
in the flesh
actually present; in person. I have seen him on television, but never in the flesh.
References in classic literature ?
The ape-man had acted so quickly that he had been unable to prepare himself to withstand the strain and shock of Numa's great weight upon the rope, and so it was that though the rope stopped the beast before his mighty talons could fasten themselves in the flesh of the black, the strain overbalanced Tarzan, who came tumbling to the ground not six paces from the infuriated animal.
If they who believe in Strickland's greatness are right, the personal narratives of such as knew him in the flesh can hardly be superfluous.
When Simon Nishikanta, huge and gross as in the flesh he was and for ever painting delicate, insipid, feministic water- colours, when he threw his deck-chair at Scraps for clumsily knocking over his easel, he found the ham-like hand of Grimshaw so instant and heavy on his shoulder as to whirl him half about, almost fling him to the deck, and leave him lame-muscled and black-and-blued for days.