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Biblical phrase, found for example in versions of Genesis 2:24 and Mark 10:8.


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one flesh (uncountable)

  1. (idiomatic) Two people united by marriage.
    • 1840, James Fenimore Cooper, The Pathfinder, ch. 15:
      "This is reasonable and natural," returned Pathfinder; ". . . A woman would be likely to follow the man to whom she had plighted faith, and husband and wife are one flesh."
    • 1875, Lord Alfred Tennyson, Queen Mary: A Drama, Act V:
      Mary: Have not I been the fast friend of your life
      Since mine began, and it was thought we two
      Might make one flesh, and cleave unto each other
      As man and wife?
    • 1911, John Galsworthy, "A Christian" in Inn of Tranquility:
      We know Christ's saying of the married that they are one flesh!

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