publicity stunt

noun

: something done just to get the attention of the public
Her antics on the show were just a publicity stunt.

Examples of publicity stunt in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her appearances at his games have spiked TV ratings and led to some claims of a publicity stunt due to just how public the romance is — but Swift affirmed to Time that that couldn’t be further from the truth. Ellise Shafer, Variety, 6 Dec. 2023 Beaujolais nouveaux are an annual gimmick, something of a publicity stunt, easy come, easy go. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, 23 Oct. 2023 In a rare publicity stunt, the government allowed Queen to play José Amalfitani Stadium in March 1981, and the chance for attendees to see a rock band fill a stadium without fearing for their lives inspired an entire generation of kids to pick up instruments. Matthew Dursum, SPIN, 20 Nov. 2023 Skeptics wonder why such an elusive creature would pop a squat by a train route frequented by hundreds of tourists if not for a prank or a publicity stunt. Dac Collins, Outdoor Life, 10 Oct. 2023 Her cousin Bruce Santamaria said his family denied Sainte-Marie’s claim that she was adopted, and believed her claim to Indigenous ancestry was a publicity stunt. Jazz Monroe, Pitchfork, 27 Oct. 2023 Many in the fusion-energy community dismissed it as a publicity stunt, or at best an overoptimistic reach for a company that has yet to demonstrate a net energy gain from its reactions. IEEE Spectrum, 15 Oct. 2023 Rolling Stone reported that the Instagram statement on her profile appeared to coincide with its launch, which caused some online to suspect he could be involved in a publicity stunt relating to the announcement of her death. Angela Yang, NBC News, 11 Aug. 2023 Members interviewed on the picket line in NYC were somewhat divided on the meeting, with some viewing the outreach from the AMPTP as a sign of progress, while others dismissed it as a publicity stunt. Caitlin Huston, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Aug. 2023 See More

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“Publicity stunt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/publicity%20stunt. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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