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frank 1

adj. frank·er, frank·est
1. Open and sincere in expression; straightforward: made several frank remarks about the quality of their work.
2. Clearly manifest; evident: frank enjoyment.
tr.v. franked, frank·ing, franks
a. To put an official mark on (a piece of mail) so that it can be sent free of charge.
b. To send (mail) free of charge.
2. To place a stamp or mark on (a piece of mail) to show the payment of postage.
3. To enable (a person) to come and go freely.
a. A mark or signature placed on a piece of mail to indicate the right to send it free of charge.
b. The right to send mail free.
2. A franked piece of mail.

[Middle English, free, from Old French franc, from Late Latin Francus, Frank; see Frank.]

frank′ness n.
Synonyms: frank1, candid, forthright, outspoken, straightforward, open
These adjectives mean revealing or disposed to reveal one's thoughts freely and honestly. Frank implies directness, sometimes to the point of bluntness: "And yes, to be frank, the singing was atrocious" (Eileen Pollack).
Candid and forthright often suggest refusal to evade difficult or unpleasant issues: "Save, save, oh save me from the candid friend!" (George Canning)."He wanted his countrymen to know the truth, and he was forthright about the challenges they faced" (Sean Hannity).
Outspoken usually implies bold lack of reserve: "She is outspoken to the point of never holding back, on politics or much else" (Joseph Epstein).
Straightforward denotes directness of manner and expression: "George was a straightforward soul....'See here!' he said. 'Are you engaged to anybody?'" (Booth Tarkington).
Open suggests freedom from all trace of reserve or secretiveness: "I will be open and sincere with you" (Joseph Addison).

frank 2

n. Informal
A frankfurter.


A member of one of the Germanic tribes of the Rhine region in the early Christian era, especially one of the Salian Franks who conquered Gaul about ad 500 and established an extensive empire that reached its greatest power in the ninth century.

[Middle English, from Old English Franca and Old French Franc, both from Late Latin Francus, of Germanic origin.]
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Today, the post-presidency has become a quasi-formal office, including perquisites such as office space, a staff, franking privileges, pensions, and Secret Service protection.
All attempts to limit campaign spending--by utilizing public funding--favors incumbents, who enjoy postal franking privileges, media coverage and name recognition as a matter of course and are not included in spending totals.
Members of Congress enjoy franking privileges - mailings to their constituents on the taxpayers' dime.
But Young, who opposes franking privileges as a waste of taxpayer money in an era of high-tech communication, believes that DeFazio broke the spirit, if not the letter of the law.
AS THE LAME-DUCK 109th Congress struggles with trying to pass legislation before time runs out in this session, the newly elected members of the House and Senate are wrestling with trying to find their parking places and learn about franking privileges. Meanwhile, every segment of American society is wondering how the new Congress will affect it.
Used federal resources for political purposes, including abusing franking privileges and enabling his staff to take taxpayer-funded leave in order to campaign for Republican candidates.
And their jobs come with franking privileges and other perks of office, including the ability to raise money from those whose interests they serve.
In addition to well-docomented financial advantages, incumbents have advantages that never appear in financing reports: franking privileges, staff political work, a salary during campaign season, and more.
The Senate Republicans lost the Balanced Budget Amendment by one vote, and to hear the sobbing and screaming you'd think the Democrats had decided to eliminate Congressional franking privileges. Did I miss something?
Perhaps, as Congress wrestles with franking privileges, redistricting and who will get which office overlooking the Capitol, it might do well to pause and think of Ira Herman.
Every member this year, in addition to $133,600 in personal salary, is given $557,400 with which to hire help, an official expense allowance of $122,500, plus travel stipends, rent money for the district office, and franking privileges worth at least $200,000.