pounding the flesh


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A bunch of good ol’ boys sitting around a giant fireplace in some lodge in California, drinking wine and scotch, getting absolutely shit-faced. And it was all a taxpayer-funded boondoggle. The spoils of victory, he thought to himself.
All those years out pounding the flesh, making speeches, listening to “real” folk bitch about their problems. He’d put in his time, that was for certain.
Source: The Right Man for Revenge by Dan Ames
Context: The character in this excerpt is Senator Noah Raskins from the state of Oklahoma was.

What is the figurative meaning of pounding the flesh? working hard?

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