[flak] /flæk/ Slang.
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.
(mainly US & Canadian) a press or publicity agent
a variant spelling of flak
“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.
: The flack description is also worth quoting
: his publishers, who flack it into a best seller/ He’s not flakking for ulterior motives
[origin unknown; said to be fr the name of Gene Flack, a moving-picture publicity agent, and first used in the show-business paper Variety; probably influenced by flak]
[flak-uh n; French fla-kawn] /ˈflæk ən; French flaˈkɔ̃/ noun, plural flacons [flak-uh nz; French fla-kawn] /ˈflæk ənz; French flaˈkɔ̃/ (Show IPA) 1. a small bottle or flask with a stopper, especially one used for perfume. /French flakɔ̃/ noun 1. a small stoppered bottle or flask, such as one used for perfume
[flag] /flæg/ noun 1. a piece of cloth, varying in size, shape, color, and design, usually attached at one edge to a staff or cord, and used as the symbol of a nation, state, or organization, as a means of signaling, etc.; ensign; standard; banner; pennant. 2. Ornithology. the tuft of long feathers on the […]
[fluh-jel-uh] /fləˈdʒɛl ə/ noun 1. a plural of . [fluh-jel-uh m] /fləˈdʒɛl əm/ noun, plural flagella [fluh-jel-uh] /fləˈdʒɛl ə/ (Show IPA), flagellums. 1. Biology. a long, lashlike appendage serving as an organ of locomotion in protozoa, sperm cells, etc. 2. Botany. a runner. 3. Also called clavola. Entomology. (in an antenna) the whiplike portion above […]
noun, (sometimes initial capital letters) British. 1. . noun 1. June 14, the anniversary of the day (June 14, 1777) when Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes as the national flag of the United States. noun 1. (Brit) a day on which money is collected by a charity and small flags, emblems, or stickers are […]