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press the flesh

Definition of press the flesh

informal

  1. :  to greet and shake hands with people especially while campaigning for a political office



Word by Word Definitions

pressplay
  1. :  a crowd or crowded condition :  throng

    :  a thronging or crowding forward or together

    :  an apparatus or machine by which a substance is cut or shaped, an impression of a body is taken, a material is compressed, pressure is applied to a body, liquid is expressed, or a cutting tool is fed into the work by pressure

  1. :  to act upon through steady pushing or thrusting force exerted in contact :  squeeze

    :  assail, harass

    :  afflict, oppress

  1. :  to force into service especially in an army or navy :  impress

    :  to take by authority especially for public use :  commandeer

    :  to take and force into any usually emergency service

  1. :  impressment into service especially in a navy

    :  a warrant for impressing recruits

fleshplay
  1. :  the soft parts of the body of an animal and especially of a vertebrate

    :  the parts composed chiefly of skeletal muscle as distinguished from internal organs, bone, and integument

    :  the condition of having ample fat on the body

  1. :  to initiate or habituate especially by giving a foretaste

    :  gratify

    :  to clothe or cover with or as if with flesh


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