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If open press access on the Hill was restricted, one more branch of public communication would be conducted exclusively through flacks, and one more check on power would be impeded.
And there is certainly flack from within the Philippines.
There are flacks, and then there are people who really work a story.
Bitcoin has taken flack from financial luminaries in recent weeks, but their skepticism did little to stop the most popular cryptocurrency from setting a new record high over the weekend.
The company has already drawn flack for massively underbidding competitors.
Asked whether he's received any flack for his sudden venture into music, Vacchi admits that not everyone has been welcoming.
Melania has received flack in the past for opting for international designers.
Spicer’s six-month tenure, the shortest in modern presidential history, saw the former career Republican flack suddenly transform into a blood-thirsty Baghdad Bob-like avatar of some of Trump’s darkest fixations.
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Origin and Etymology of flack
First Known Use: 1933See Words from the same year
Definition of flack
- Since "Born to Run" was published in late September, the author has been flacking it in bookstores and theaters across the country.
- —Casey Seiler
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.
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