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flack1

[flak] /flæk/ Slang.
noun
2.
verb (used without object)
3.
to serve as a press agent or publicist:
to flack for a new rock group.
verb (used with object)
4.
to promote; publicize:
to flack a new record.
Origin of flack1
1935-1940
1935-40; said to be after Gene Flack, a movie publicity agent
Can be confused
flack, flak.

flack2

[flak] /flæk/
noun
1.
flak.

flak

or flack

[flak] /flæk/
noun
1.
antiaircraft fire, especially as experienced by the crews of combat airplanes at which the fire is directed.
2.
criticism; hostile reaction; abuse:
Such an unpopular decision is bound to draw a lot of flak from the press.
Origin
1935-40; < German Fl(ieger)a(bwehr)k(anone) antiaircraft gun, equivalent to Flieger aircraft (literally, flyer) + Abwehr defense + Kanone gun, cannon
Can be confused
flack, flak.
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  • Mr. flack's tone was ever that of keeping the poor gentleman mildly but firmly in his place.

    The Reverberator Henry James
  • Get some of the servants to give you a description of him, and 'phone it through to flack at the Yard.

    The Grell Mystery Frank Froest
  • "Watch your mouth, Criswell," advised Admiral flack, tightlipped.

  • "Well, they're like me then," said Mr. flack with friendly cheer.

    The Reverberator Henry James
  • “Westby was unfortunate enough to foul flack at the start; that was all there was to it,” he said.

    The Jester of St. Timothy's Arthur Stanwood Pier
British Dictionary definitions for flack

flack1

/flæk/
noun
1.
(mainly US & Canadian) a press or publicity agent
Word Origin
C20: of unknown origin

flack2

/flæk/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of flak

flak

/flæk/
noun
1.
anti-aircraft fire or artillery
2.
(informal) a great deal of adverse criticism
Word Origin
C20: from German Fl(ieger)a(bwehr)k(anone), literally: aircraft defence gun
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Word Origin and History for flack
n.

"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.

flak

n.

1938, from German Flak, condensed from Fliegerabwehrkanone, literally "pilot warding-off cannon." Sense of "anti-aircraft fire" is 1940; metaphoric sense of "criticism" is c.1963 in American English.

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Slang definitions & phrases for flack

flack

modifier

: The flack description is also worth quoting

noun

  1. Publicity; public relations material; ballyhoo, hype: Mr Mogul's latest epic was preceded by wheeling galaxies of affecting flack (1940s+)
  2. (also flacker) A publicity person or press agent: something that would cause your basic, self-respecting flack to want to slit his throat/ ''He's shown steady improvement,'' said a medical flak

verb

: 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]

flack

v,v phr

  1. To fall asleep; lose consciousness
  2. To be tired or depressed
  3. To die (1950s+ Cool & beat talk)

flak

noun

  1. An antiaircraft gun or guns; antiaircraft fire (WWII armed forces)
  2. (also flack) Severe criticism; angry blame: This order provoked little political flack/ Joe took considerable flak from white co-workers (1960s+)
  3. Trouble; fuss; dissension; static: Let's not have a lot of flak about this (1960s+)

[fr German Fliegerabwehrkanonen, ''antiaircraft gun'']

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Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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