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press (the) flesh

To meet, talk to, and shake hands with many different people. Used especially in reference to a politician running for office. There's no way you'll win the election if you aren't out pressing the flesh among your constituents. I've always been something of a germophobe, so I don't like pressing flesh with strangers.
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press the flesh

Shake hands and mingle with people, especially when running for public office. For example, The candidate went through the crowd, pressing the flesh. [1920s]
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press the flesh

JOURNALISM
COMMON To press the flesh means to talk to people in a crowd and shake their hands. She was out and about all over Galway, pressing the flesh. Note: This expression is often used about politicians, who do this when they are trying to get elected.
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press (the) flesh

tv. to shake hands. (see also flesh-presser.) He wanted to press the flesh, but I refused even to touch him.
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press the flesh

Informal
To shake hands and mingle with many people, especially while campaigning for public office.
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She doesn't need to press the flesh or beg us to buy poppies.
WHOOPI MAKING WAVES: Whoopi Goldberg has been an outspoken critic of the war in Iraq and other Bush administration policies, making it highly unlikely that she'll get an opportunity to press the flesh with the president anytime soon.
Disney, for example, took over the El Capitan May 19 to screen trailers of its new shows, and managed to entice an impressive lineup of cast members--from Ben Affleck and Gregory Hines to Eric Roberts and Bonnie Hunt--to press the flesh.
He says he likes to get out and about and you can't blame him for wanting to press the flesh and meet his people.
Fresh fish should be slightly slimy, the skin should be firm and when you press the flesh it should be springy and not leave a dent where you pressed it.
And so she takes her super-powered sexy self from video shoots and arena stages to press the flesh and broker deals with businessmen and politicians.
While the assembled actors queued up to press the flesh, Philip blithely told them he'd never watched the soap because it was on at "an inconvenient time".
Whatever she was thinking, she looked more like she was about to attack Rorke's Drift than press the flesh with her fashion pals.
No, what children want is to press the flesh of Gov.
The primary value in the get-togethers is to provide opportunity to press the flesh and to eat and drink to excess.
The Republican presidential candidate will press the flesh at the 78th installment of the event, opening today at Fairplex in Pomona.
He'll also be appearing back over the Border when he turns up at the Scottish Motorcycle Show at Ingliston on March 7 and 8, so you can press the flesh and speak to the man who is earning himself a permanent place in the Guinness Book of Records.
Sometimes a candidate doesn't want to press the flesh, opening himself up to hostile questions, not when he's leading in the polls and his rival is accusing him of lying and flip-flopping on the issues.
But the power struggle at the heart of the FA could not have come at a worse time, just a week before David Beckham flies out to Cape Town to press the flesh on behalf of the ailing 2018 bid.