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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

Sl. to shake hands. Hey, chum! Glad to press flesh with you! He wanted to press the flesh, but I refused even to touch him.
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press (the) flesh

(of a celebrity or politician) greet people by shaking hands. informal, chiefly North American
2000 New Yorker Clinton seemed…a figure from the past—a politician made to press the flesh, to give speeches in large halls and negotiate with his opponents in small rooms.
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ˌpress (the) ˈflesh

(of a famous person or a politician) shake hands with members of the public, especially in order to persuade them to vote for you: The presidential candidates were out on the streets again today, smiling for the cameras and pressing the flesh.
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press flesh

verb
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The inspiring ceremony was marred slightly when he lingered to press flesh with the parents as well.
The Pope's personal style, his definition of "papal outreach," doesn't help this "security nightmare" any, as he is known to wade into a crowd and press flesh. Known for eschewing protocol when it comes to security matters, the Pope has been described as "unpredictable," which may well also describe Filipinos who proudly hoist the "uzisero" (kibitzer) flag in crowd situations.
His biggest fan, pop singer Britney Spears, has still failed to press flesh with Wills.
But be warned: press flesh with the latter and you may never be able to take a selfie again.