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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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