flesh out


  • WordNet 3.6
    • v flesh out become round, plump, or shapely "The young woman is fleshing out"
    • v flesh out add details, as to an account or idea; clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing "She elaborated on the main ideas in her dissertation"
    • v flesh out make fat or plump "We will plump out that poor starving child"
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In literature:

One was to cut out the wound and take away the flesh from each side of it for half an inch or so.
"The Land of the Kangaroo" by Thomas Wallace Knox
Next the flesh on each side of the spine was pared off, and the tongue cut out.
"Over the Rocky Mountains" by R.M. Ballantyne
Every night is a Government night, and weariness of flesh and spirit naturally suggests a count-out.
"The Strand Magazine, Volume V, Issue 30, June 1893" by Various
In rude surgery, they, with their pocket-knives, cut out the flesh around.
"The Adventures of the Chevalier De La Salle and His Companions, in Their Explorations of the Prairies, Forests, Lakes, and Rivers, of the New World, and Their Interviews with the Savage Tribes, Two Hundred Years Ago" by John S. C. Abbott
After the thick sections of white flesh had been roasted until they resembled charcoal they were raked out with long poles.
"The Black Phantom" by Leo Edward Miller
The vicuna being of such value, both inside and out, both in flesh and wool, is hunted by the mountain Indians with great assiduity.
"The Forest Exiles" by Mayne Reid
He is big-framed, but his flesh is shrunken, as though the wind of conceit were oozing out of him day by day.
"Trapped in 'Black Russia'" by Ruth Pierce
Persons in the flesh should talk and reason with those out of the flesh just as they would were the latter still on the earth-plane of life.
"Genuine Mediumship or The Invisible Powers" by Bhakta Vishita
You have a plug of soft and tender flesh to get out of the womb and vagina.
"Philosophy of Osteopathy" by Andrew T. Still
Regaining the knife, slip the point underneath, and gradually lift them out, cutting towards the flesh and not towards the skin.
"Practical Taxidermy" by Montagu Browne

In poetry:

Waxed-fleshed out-patients
Still vague from accidents,
And characters in long coats
Deep in the litter-baskets -
"Toads Revisited" by Philip Larkin
As man aspires and falls, yet a soul springs
Out of his agony of flesh at last,
So love that flesh enthralls, shall rise on wings
Soul-centred, when the rule of flesh is past.
"Quid Non Supremus, Amantes?" by Ernest Christopher Dowson
Pour out your bounty moon of radiant shining
On all this shattered flesh, on all these quiet forms;
For these were slain, so quiet still reclining
In the noblest cause was ever waged with arms.
"Requiem" by Ivor Gurney
"And did'st thou slay King Esmer fine?
Why, then thou slewest dear father mine;
And soon, full soon, shalt thou pay for him,
With the flesh hackt off from thy every limb!"
Look out, look out, Svend Vonved.
"Svend Vonved" by George Borrow
Out of the womb of time and dust of the years forgotten,
Spirit and fire enclosed in mutable flesh and bone,
Came by a road unknown the thing that is me for ever,
The lonely soul of a man that stands by itself alone.
"A Creed" by Ewart Alan Mackintosh
MRS. PRICE. What, in the dark? Do you, too, want to pickle
Your white flesh in the bog? I'll tell you nought.
You'd best come dry yourself before the fire,
And take our food and lodging for the night;
We'll turn you out to-morrow.
"The Wynnes Of Wynhavod. Act IV" by Emily Pfeiffer

In news:

When you're pinned to the canvas with knuckles in your ribs, a knee in your kidney and hundreds of pounds of sweaty man-flesh urging you to tap out before you lose consciousness, it's definitely time to re-evaluate what you're doing.
Uninformative data need fleshing out.
Scoop out flesh of squash with spoon, separating it from skin.
McPherson and other historians helped Spielberg and screenwriter Tony Kushner flesh out the man and his times.
McPherson and other historians helped Spielberg and screenwriter Tony Kushner to flesh out the man and his times.
Mobile App Stakeholders Will Meet to Flesh Out Code of Conduct .
Piedmont Mother With Flesh Eating Bacteria Out Of Hospital.
Gina Bianchini (left) works with Divya Natesan (center) and Pooja Gada (right) to flesh out their app idea, iSports.
What swims at 20 mile per hour and can carve out hunks of human flesh.
But they expressed impatience that it will take several more years for the company to flesh out its strategy.
Scrape out the seeds and pulp along with some of the flesh from sides to allow room for the filling.
McPherson and other historians helped Spielberg and screenwriter Tony Kushner flesh out the man and his times.
McPherson and other historians helped Spielberg and screenwriter Tony Kushner to flesh out the man and his times.
In defeat, the party has an opportunity to air differences and flesh out new ideas.
I think of this as a skeleton that can be fleshed out in a number of different ways.