1 soft part of sb's body
firm, smooth, soft, tender
pale, pink, white
bare, exposed, naked
burned, burning
decaying, rotting
dead, living
animal, human
cut, cut into

The chain cut into his tender flesh.

His shirt was too small for him and cut into the tender flesh at his armpit.

strip, tear at, tear off

Falcons usually strip the flesh off their prey.

African hunting dogs will tear at the flesh of their victim until it is weak.

dig into, pierce, pierce into, tear, tear into

The weapon tore into his flesh.

Cook the duck until the juices run pale yellow when the flesh is pierced.


According to Greek mythology, the minotaur would only eat human flesh.

become, make sth (literary)

In the Christian tradition, God is made flesh (= becomes human).

crawl, creep (both figurative)

The story made his flesh creep (= made him feel afraid).


The injury was only a flesh wound.


The tights come in various flesh tones.

in the flesh

Thousands of fans gathered to see the band in the flesh (= see the band in reality and not just in a picture).

flesh and blood

a man of flesh and blood (= not a ghost)

flesh and bone

The knife cut through flesh and bone.

Babies are born not just as bundles of flesh and bone (= not simply living bodies without thoughts or feelings) but with already distinctive personalities.

the pleasures of the flesh, the sins of the flesh, the temptations of the flesh
the smell of flesh

the smell of rotting flesh

2 soft part of fruit/vegetables
chop, cut

Pare the mango and cut the flesh away from the stone.

scoop, scoop out

Cut the melon in half and scoop out the flesh.

Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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  • Flesh — (fl[e^]sh), n. [OE. flesch, flesc, AS. fl[=ae]sc; akin to OFries. fl[=a]sk, D. vleesch, OS. fl[=e]sk, OHG. fleisc, G. fleisch, Icel. & Dan. flesk lard, bacon, pork, Sw. fl[ a]sk.] 1. The aggregate of the muscles, fat, and other tissues which… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • flesh — [flesh] n. [ME < OE flæsc, akin to Ger fleisch < ? IE base * plēk , to tear off > FLAY] 1. a) the soft substance of the body (of a person or animal) between the skin and the bones; esp., the muscular tissue b) the surface or skin of the… …   English World dictionary

  • FLESH — (Heb. בָּשָׂר, basar), a word used both in the Bible and Talmud for mortal man and for the flesh of animals (for the latter aspect, see meat ). Eve is called by Adam bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh (Gen. 2:23), i.e., my close relative (cf …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • flesh — ► NOUN 1) the soft substance in the body consisting of muscle tissue and fat. 2) the edible pulpy part of a fruit or vegetable. 3) the surface of the human body with reference to its appearance or sensory properties. 4) (the flesh) the… …   English terms dictionary

  • flesh´i|ly — flesh|y «FLEHSH ee», adjective, flesh|i|er, flesh|i|est. 1. having much flesh; fat; plump. SYNONYM(S): corpulent, stout …   Useful english dictionary

  • flesh|y — «FLEHSH ee», adjective, flesh|i|er, flesh|i|est. 1. having much flesh; fat; plump. SYNONYM(S): corpulent, stout …   Useful english dictionary

  • Flesh — Flesh, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Fleshed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Fleshing}.] 1. To feed with flesh, as an incitement to further exertion; to initiate; from the practice of training hawks and dogs by feeding them with the first game they take, or other… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Flesh — is the soft part of the body of a person or animal which is between the skin and the bones. In ordinary speech, it typically contrasts with bone, as in the merism flesh and bone . It mainly refers to skeletal muscle and associated fat, though it… …   Wikipedia

  • flesh — [n1] body tissue, skin beef, brawn, cells, corpuscles, fat, fatness, flesh and blood, food, meat, muscle, plasm, plasma, protoplasm, sinews, thews, weight; concept 392 flesh [n2] humankind animality, carnality, homo sapiens, humanity, human… …   New thesaurus

  • flesh|ly — «FLEHSH lee», adjective, li|er, li|est. 1. of the flesh; bodily; corporeal. 2. Figurative. of man s physical nature; sensual: »pretty lyrics of fleshly love (Joseph Slater) …   Useful english dictionary

  • flesh|er — «FLEHSH uhr», noun. 1. a person who fleshes hides. 2. a knifelike tool used for fleshing. 3. Scottish. a butcher …   Useful english dictionary

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