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flack 1

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North American informal

noun

A publicity agent.
Example sentences
  • According to sources, lots of Hollywood types were backstage, including agents, PR flacks, managers and special guests.
  • Replicated at the grass roots, some kind of PR alchemy transforms longtime opportunists into profiles in courage and timeworn corporate flacks into champions of the common people.
  • The university is clamping down on media access during his summer booster club tour, and publicity flacks are shielding the most available man in college football.

verb

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Publicize or promote: each author is flacking his ‘exclusiveaccount of the whole mess
More example sentences
  • The magazine also criticized ‘the polemical, partisan mean-spiritedness that lies at the heart of his book, and to an even greater degree, his television appearances flacking it.’
  • Is the New York Times breaking the news - or flacking for the military?
  • He has sponsored and flacked for the badly misnamed and recently passed ‘African Growth and Opportunity Act.’

Origin

1940s: of unknown origin.

Derivatives

flackery

1
Pronunciation: /ˈflakəri/
noun
Example sentences
  • And that's just the leading edge of the flackery.
  • But with our eyes on the prize, we should not stumble into the classic trap of candidate flackery while applying political cosmetics.
  • I quote it in full, for the sheer pleasure of wallowing in high-grade flackery.

Words that rhyme with flack

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Variant spelling of flak.

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