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press agent

or pressagent

noun
1.
a person employed to promote the interests of an individual, organization, etc., by obtaining favorable publicity through advertisements, mentions in columns, and the like.
Origin of press agent
1880-1885
First recorded in 1880-85
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  • I don't quite know what a press agent is; but I'm sure I never had any.

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  • He said he was glad that his press agent daughter had taken me 'round and opened my eyes.

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  • The press agent looked at him reproachfully, but agreed with the proposition.

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  • "But you give your advertised performances just the same," said the press agent.

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  • “That press agent hates me,” said Harvey, showing where his had been.

    What's-His-Name George Barr McCutcheon
  • He had evidently been reading what the press agent had stuffed into the newspapers.

  • The press agent of the Hyperfilm Company had written everything.

    We Can't Have Everything Rupert Hughes
British Dictionary definitions for press agent

press agent

noun
1.
a person employed to obtain favourable publicity, such as notices in newspapers, for an organization, actor, etc PA
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