flack

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[flak]Slang.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to serve as a press agent or publicist: to flack for a new rock group.
verb (used with object)
  1. to promote; publicize: to flack a new record.

Origin of flack

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1935–40; said to be after Gene Flack, a movie publicity agent
Can be confusedflack flak

flack

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[flak]
noun
  1. flak.

flak

or flack

[flak]
noun
  1. antiaircraft fire, especially as experienced by the crews of combat airplanes at which the fire is directed.
  2. criticism; hostile reaction; abuse: Such an unpopular decision is bound to draw a lot of flak from the press.

Origin of flak

1935–40; < German Fl(ieger)a(bwehr)k(anone) antiaircraft gun, equivalent to Flieger aircraft (literally, flyer) + Abwehr defense + Kanone gun, cannon
Can be confusedflack flak
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Contemporary Examples of flack

Historical Examples of flack

  • Get some of the servants to give you a description of him, and 'phone it through to Flack at the Yard.

    The Grell Mystery

    Frank Froest

  • "Well, I was in hopes I could show you something," Mr. Flack said.

    The Reverberator

    Henry James

  • "Well, he's a prince compared with Mr. Flack," Delia declared.

    The Reverberator

    Henry James

  • "Good-bye, Mr. Flack," said Francie, trying to gain ground from him.

    The Reverberator

    Henry James

  • Without Mr. Flack, at the cafes, he felt too much a non-consumer.

    The Reverberator

    Henry James


British Dictionary definitions for flack

flack

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noun
  1. mainly US and Canadian a press or publicity agent

Word Origin for flack

C20: of unknown origin

flack

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noun
  1. a variant spelling of flak

flak

flack

noun
  1. anti-aircraft fire or artillery
  2. informal a great deal of adverse criticism

Word Origin for flak

C20: from German Fl (ieger) a (bwehr) k (anone), literally: aircraft defence gun
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Word Origin and History for flack
n.

"publicity or press agent," 1945, also as a verb by that year, said to have been coined in show biz magazine "Variety" (but this is not the first attested use), supposedly from name of Gene Flack, a movie agent, but influenced by flak. There was a Gene Flack who was an advertising executive in the U.S. during the 1940s, but he seems to have sold principally biscuits, not movies.

flak

n.

1938, from German Flak, condensed from Fliegerabwehrkanone, literally "pilot warding-off cannon." Sense of "anti-aircraft fire" is 1940; metaphoric sense of "criticism" is c.1963 in American English.

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