verb[no object] Australian • informal
- 1Speak in public, especially to advertise a show: men who spruik outside striptease jointsMore example sentences
- Speaking at the annual Festival of Science in Dublin, he urged scientists not to spruik for public support by overselling the potential of stem cell research.
- In Naming the minority, a new group, Australians Against Racism, spruiked for donations to fund television advertisements on refugees and received a big response.
- And immediately after I'd started speaking, my opponent arranged for the local motorbike club to get their bikes and go racing up and down outside the corner where I was trying hard to spruik.
- 1.1Promote or publicize: the company forked out $15 million to spruik its digital revolutionMore example sentences
- Frankie errs on the side of edgy celeb rather than pimping stars spruiking the latest big Hollywood blockbuster.
- I've had two types of Liberal Party polling spruiked to me recently.
- There's more spruiking on the show than there is actual dancing.
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- Neil Jenman, an Australian real estate agent famous for his crusades on integrity in the real estate game has this to say about spruikers in the property market.
- So against our better judgement we responded to one of the spruikers ' calls.
- On one occasion, the spruiker refused point blank to tell me the name of the company he was representing.
early 20th century: of unknown origin.