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PRESS. By a figure this word signifies the art of printing. The press is free.
     2. All men have a right to print and publish whatever they may deem proper, unless by doing so they infringe the rights of another, as in the case of copyrights, (q.v.) when they may be enjoined. For any injury they may commit against the public or individuals they may be punished, either by indictment, or by a civil action at the suit of the party injured, when the injury has been committed against a private individual. Vide Const. of the U. S. Amend. art. 1, and Liberty of the Press.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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There's no need for you to be on the campaign trail, to be physically present in each and every sortie, sweating it out, standing on a flatbed truck, pressing flesh. Because the more Filipinos see you praising the same people who once maligned you and questioned your qualifications, the less they see you as the great leader they thought you were when they voted for you three years ago.
PRESSING FLESH: Barack Obama works the crowds GETTY IMAGES; CASTING A SPELL: Hillary with Magic
What we witnessed during these 10 minutes of pressing flesh before they went on to the reception was a side to the Prince that the British people have not seen for far too long.