- 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
First recorded in 1880–85
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Examples from the Web for press agent
Everybody must "moral-crusade," "agitate," "press-agent," play politics.
We editorialize and press-agent ourselves in our inmost musings.
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.
I unleash the Press-agent, and off he shoots, in time to get the story into the evening paper.
- a person employed to obtain favourable publicity, such as notices in newspapers, for an organization, actor, etcAbbreviation: PA