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Recent Examples of flack from the Web
Reed caught flack for the trip’s overall $90,000 price tag and promised to find nongovernmental funds to pay the $40,000 difference between coach and business-class airfare.
Despite this transparency, Uber still got flack for refusing to release the full report commissioned in the wake of Fowler’s memo.
His decision to use models such as Billie Blair, Alva Chinn, China Machado, Jennifer Brice, Pat Cleveland, Bethann Hardison, and Ramona Saunders caught him flack with the press, including pushback from his own clients.
The director gets some flack in his jacket for refusing to leave England to shoot this, but with dialogue as good as is in here, no one is really counting the palm trees anyway.
And, of course, a former L.A. mayor, an Obama flack and key journalisst all blame heartless Trump.
Google is taking flack for opposing a major overhaul of European copyright law.
All the major tech platforms have taken flack for not doing enough to crack down on terrorist content, whether from groups like Hezbollah or organizations like Islamic State.
Reed caught flack for the high cost of the trip — about $90,000 — and promised to find nongovernmental funds to pay the $40,000 difference between coach and business-class airfare.
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The word flack was first used as a noun meaning "publicity agent" during the late 1930s. According to one rumor, the word was coined in tribute to a well-known movie publicist of the time, Gene Flack. Another rumor holds that flack derives from a similar-sounding Yiddish word for someone who talks about someone else's affairs. The editors of Merriam-Webster dictionaries remain skeptical about these claims and have listed the etymology of flack as "unknown." We can say with confidence, however, that the verb form of the word appeared in Maclean's in 1963. You may also be familiar with another "flack" - a noun meaning "criticism" or "opposition." This unrelated homograph stems from a misspelling of "flak," a German acronym and English word for antiaircraft guns.
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: a person whose job is to make people like or be interested in someone or something
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