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press agent

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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.
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Origin of press agent

First recorded in 1880–85
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Related Words for press agent

publicist, pa

Examples from the Web for press agent

Historical Examples of press agent

  • Everybody must "moral-crusade," "agitate," "press-agent," play politics.

    The Behavior of Crowds

    Everett Dean Martin

  • We editorialize and press-agent ourselves in our inmost musings.

    The Behavior of Crowds

    Everett Dean Martin

  • The historian and the press-agent were the inventions of later days.

    Time Telling through the Ages

    Harry Chase Brearley

  • We have a Press-agent, but for all the good he does he might be back on the old farm, gathering in the hay.

    The Man Upstairs

    P. G. Wodehouse

  • I unleash the Press-agent, and off he shoots, in time to get the story into the evening paper.

    The Man Upstairs

    P. G. Wodehouse


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, etcAbbreviation: PA
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