administrative stroke


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About food stamp

These programs are lovely, but they reach relatively few people, and they are expensive. Another strategy is harsher: Copy WIC and limit the foods that food stamps can buy. Such a change could cover the whole country in one administrative stroke.
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From New York Times: To Fight Obesity, a Carrot, and a Stick

Hi, everyone!

I don't understand what's the meaning of "administrative stroke" here?

Please help me

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  • Wordnip

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    British English
    To do something 'in a stroke' or 'at a stroke' means to do something swiftly and comprehensively. Perhaps it comes from the idea of doing something with the stroke of a pen, such as deleting a whole paragraph of text etc.

    I should have added that an administrative stroke is one which is carried out by the administration (those who do administration).
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