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flack 1

 (flăk) Informal
A press agent; a publicist.
v. flacked, flack·ing, flacks
To act as a press agent: flacking for a movie studio.
To act as a press agent for; promote: authors who tour the country flacking their books.

[Perhaps after Gene Flack, a movie press agent in the 1920s and 1930s.]

flack′er·y n.

flack 2

Variant of flak.
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(Marketing) chiefly US and Canadian a press or publicity agent
[C20: of unknown origin]


(Military) a variant spelling of flak
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2. Also, flack′er•y. publicity.
3. to serve as a publicist.
[1935–40, Amer.; said to be after Gene Flack, a movie press agent]



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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.flack - a slick spokesperson who can turn any criticism to the advantage of their employer
spokesperson, representative, interpreter, voice - an advocate who represents someone else's policy or purpose; "the meeting was attended by spokespersons for all the major organs of government"
2.flack - intense adverse criticism; "Clinton directed his fire at the Republican Party"; "the government has come under attack"; "don't give me any flak"
criticism, unfavorable judgment - disapproval expressed by pointing out faults or shortcomings; "the senator received severe criticism from his opponent"
3.flack - artillery designed to shoot upward at airplanesflack - artillery designed to shoot upward at airplanes
Bofors gun - an automatic double-barreled antiaircraft gun
gun - a weapon that discharges a missile at high velocity (especially from a metal tube or barrel)
predictor - a computer for controlling antiaircraft fire that computes the position of an aircraft at the instant of a shell's arrival
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References in classic literature ?
At the time of the death of Mr Ira Nutcombe, the only all-the-year-round inhabitants were the butcher, the grocer, the chemist, the other customary fauna of villages, and Miss Elizabeth Boyd, who rented the ramshackle farm known locally as Flack's and eked out a precarious livelihood by keeping bees.
She liked to listen of a morning to the sound of Nutty busy in the next room with a broom and a dustpan, for in the simple lexicon of Flack's there was no such word as 'help'.
Why can't you see old Flack and make him mend that infernal wheel?'
Mr Prescott was intimating that he had been down to the post-office for his own letters and, as was his neighbourly custom on these occasions, had brought back also letters for Flack's.
Ian Flack, 76, who helped several local people with their gardening, suffered an anaphylactic shock while working in a garden at Llanbedr DC, Denbighshire on October 24 last year.
Love Island presenter Caroline Flack cuddled up to a topless Tommy Fury after the Love Island final party last night and Molly-Mae was nowhere to be seen.
Love Island host Caroline Flack has tripled her salary after sealing a PS1.2million-ayear deal with ITV.
CAROLINE Flack has defended Love Island following the deaths of two former contestants, saying negative headlines about the show made her "angry".
LOVE Island host Caroline Flack believes the high pressure environment of live TV will prepare her well for Bake Off's Stand Up To Cancer show.
The firm has appointed Julie Flack to the position.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Once a week, Roberta Flack gives a musical performance for an exclusive group.