verb (used with object), mas·saged, mas·sag·ing.
- to manipulate, maneuver, or handle skillfully: to massage a bill through the Senate.
- to manipulate, organize, or rearrange (data, figures, or the like) to produce a specific result, especially a favorable one: The auditors discovered that the company had massaged the books.
Origin of massage
Examples from the Web for massage
Contemporary Examples of massage
Women are not taught to get a massage or do anything for ourselves because it makes us feel extraordinarily guilty.Q&A With Designer Rachel Roy
November 3, 2014
Massage techniques are also a far cry from the Thai or Swedish variety found in most vacation destinations.How the French Do Detox: Inside France’s Most Star-Studded Wellness Retreat
October 8, 2014
I thought I could feel something, but it was hard to tell if it was residual tingling from the massage or magic on the path.The Crazy Medieval Island of Sark
October 4, 2014
Ordinarily, a medical team might massage the heart an hour before giving up.The Day the Fairytale Died
July 12, 2014
Among the others are massage schools, paralegal programs and auto repair academies.‘Degree Mills’ Are Exploiting Veterans and Making Millions Off the GI Bill
June 28, 2014
Historical Examples of massage
For the present he can but prescribe a purgative and a massage of the arm and spine.The Book of Khalid
It is often the case that some gland is weak and can be strengthened by this massage.
Don't forget the daily massage; it will work wonders in your appearance.Evening Round Up
William Crosbie Hunter
Having once come to massage her, she wished to see him again, retained him.The Nabob
Automatically she gives him his bath, his massage, his run in the park.Once a Week
Alan Alexander Milne
Word Origin for massage
1874, from French massage "friction of kneading," from masser "to massage," possibly from Arabic massa "to touch, feel, handle;" if so, probably picked up in Egypt during the Napoleonic campaign there. Other possibility is that French got it in colonial India from Portuguese amassar "knead," a verb from Latin massa "mass, dough" (see mass (n.1)). Massage parlor first attested 1894, from the start a euphemism for "house of prostitution."
1874, from massage (n.). Related: Massaged; massaging.