flack

1
[ flak ]
/ flæk /
Slang.

noun

verb (used without object)

to serve as a press agent or publicist: to flack for a new rock group.

verb (used with object)

to promote; publicize: to flack a new record.

Origin of flack

1
1935–40; said to be after Gene Flack, a movie publicity agent

Can be confused

flack flak

Definition for flack (2 of 3)

flack

2
[ flak ]
/ flæk /

noun

Definition for flack (3 of 3)

flak

or flack

[ flak ]
/ flæk /

noun

antiaircraft fire, especially as experienced by the crews of combat airplanes at which the fire is directed.
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 confused

flack flak
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British Dictionary definitions for flack (1 of 3)

flack

1
/ (flæk) /

noun

mainly US and Canadian a press or publicity agent

Word Origin for flack

C20: of unknown origin

British Dictionary definitions for flack (2 of 3)

flack

2
/ (flæk) /

noun

a variant spelling of flak

British Dictionary definitions for flack (3 of 3)

flak

flack

/ (flæk) /

noun

anti-aircraft fire or artillery
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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