flesh-presser

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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.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Gael Grilhot of the France-based International Federation of Human Rights Leagues (FIDH), which is responsible for the pro-ICC spot, says his group picked the car, suits and flesh pressers as universal "attribute[s] of power." The ad, currently showing only in France, is also meant for Africa (where the FIDH files most of its war-crimes and crimes-against-humanity charges), Asia and elsewhere.