flesh-presser

flesh-presser

A politician, particularly one running for office and apt to meet, talk to, and shake hands with (i.e., "press the flesh of") many different people. There's no way you'll win the election if you aren't a flesh-presser with your constituents.

flesh-presser

and palm-presser
n. a politician. Being a flesh-presser is risky during flu season. A palm-presser came to our door to ask us what we thought about his issues.
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They turned him into a walking billboard, a flesh-presser, a sponsor's plaything.
The genial flesh-presser will need to ensure a crash course in Cantonese is top of his priorities when he arrives in Hong Kong judging by what happened when he was over there for his interview.