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spruik

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Pronunciation: /spruːk
 
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Definition of spruik in English:

verb

[no object] Australian informal
1Speak in public, especially to advertise a show: men who spruik outside striptease joints
More 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 revolution
More 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.

Origin

early 20th century: of unknown origin.

Derivatives

spruiker

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noun
Example sentences
  • 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.

Words that rhyme with spruik

archduke, chibouk, duke, Farouk, fluke, gook, kook, Luke, nuke, peruke, puke, rebuke, Seljuk, snook, souk, spook, stook, tuque, zouk

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