administer quick shoulder massages

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danielxu85

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Mandarin Chinese
I couldn't understand why the writer uses "administer quick shoulder massages" here. Is it an idiom? Could you give me another example of the same kind?

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Normally, the replier speeds through a miniature of the traditional SOTU laundry list, administering quick shoulder massages to as many interest groups as possible. Webb, pugnacious of temperament, chose instead to use his nine minutes to speak of “two areas where our respective parties have largely stood in contradiction.”
 
  • winklepicker

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    English (UK)
    I couldn't understand why the writer uses "administer quick shoulder massages" here. Is it an idiom?
    It's not a common one: I'd suggest it's a 'creative' one. The meaning (if that wasn't clear) is that usually speakers are emollient, giving each interest group a little of what they want to hear.
     

    cuchuflete

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    EEUU-inglés
    Atrociously mixed metaphors! Laundry lists and shoulder massages administered through the ears. Bluugh!

    Sounds of the underground meets state of the union, with ear muscles in the middle. Plop goes the metaphor.
     
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