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English definition of “massage”

massage

verb [T] (FACTS/NUMBERS)    /ˈmæs.ɑːʒ/ US  /məˈsɑːʒ/
to try to make facts or numbers appear better than they really are in order to deceive someone: Television companies have been massaging their viewing figures in order to attract more advertising revenue .Faking and pretending
(Definition of massage verb (FACTS/NUMBERS) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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