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Recent Examples of flack from the Web
Trump trying to be his own flack has already created myriad problems.
Peterson and Neumann-Goretti’s administrators have caught heavy flack about Johnson’s playoff participation.
Thanks for reading,Andrew Ad Hawk: The Big Picture Sick of reading what the candidates, flacks, surrogates, talking heads and (gasp!) bloggers have to say about the latest slips and dips in the 2008 presidential campaign?
Actress Blanca Blanco ditched the black dress code for a red cut-out dress, and was catching flack for it.
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho caught a lot of flack for his team selection and resulting performance against Sevilla on Wednesday in the Champions League, but an interesting statistic can certainly go some way in justifying his means.
The transit agency has received flack from the public — and from members of Congress — aimed at the confident tone and steep price tag of the snazzy video and accompanying advertising package.
Gigi and Bella Hadid recently received a lot of flack after their nude photoshoot for British Vogue went public.
And then there's Joe Wright's Darkest Hour and Steven Spielberg's The Post, which took flack in some circles for allegedly being shameless Oscar-bait, but which, as good old-fashioned filmmaking, appealed to enough voters to make the cut.
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Definition of flack
Did You Know?
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.
FLACK Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of flack for English Language Learners
: a person whose job is to make people like or be interested in someone or something
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