What is the meaning of " hirsute"?

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rainbow402

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Dear Teacher,

What does the author mean here about the word " hirsute" in the following context? My dictionary only interprets it means " having a lot of hair, especially on the face or body".

I suppose the author hinted derisively these politicians are like animals. Am I right? And Is such an expression usual in English?

they are all hirsute politicians trying to outfox one another mustering up braggadocios

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Not only does it mean "hairy" or "covered with hair", but it also refers to a rough person; unkempt, unshaven. Disrespectful maybe of their own appearance in manners.

I believe you found this in reference to American politicians' disdain of foreign state visitors?
 

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I think the author is implying "macho" and no it is not a common expression - I've never seen it before. :)
 

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I think the author is implying "macho" and no it is not a common expression - I've never seen it before. :)

See above. :p
 

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Sirs,

Thanks for your replies. :)

I favor your interpretation, Mr. Batfink. Er, I'm reading that.
 

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Attention: I’m not a teacher.

Hi rainbow402,

On this, New Labor is apparently in agreement with Margaret Thatcher and Hillary Clinton: voters regard hirsute politicians as "shifty" and "radical". Research carried out in America shows that bearded candidates receive 5 per cent fewer votes than clean-shaven opponents

shifty = able to accomplish what is needed; resourceful.

radical = in politics, someone who demands substantial or extreme changes in the existing system.

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V.
 
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