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press agent

or pressagent

noun
1.
a person employed to promote the interests of an individual, organization, etc., by obtaining favorable publicity through advertisements, mentions in columns, and the like.
Origin of press agent
1880-1885
1880-85
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  • One could almost regret that this writer had no job in New York City as a press agent.

  • The press agent looked at him reproachfully, but agreed with the proposition.

    Side Show Studies Francis Metcalfe
  • On more than one occasion he made me an enticing offer to enter his employ as publicity man or press agent.

    My Life Josiah Flynt
  • "But you give your advertised performances just the same," said the press agent.

    Side Show Studies Francis Metcalfe
  • He has a press agent whose chief work it was for many years to keep his chief out of the columns of the newspapers.

  • “That press agent hates me,” said Harvey, showing where his had been.

    What's-His-Name George Barr McCutcheon
  • Every real actress has got a farm on Long Island, if it's only there in the mind of the press agent.

    Roast Beef, Medium Edna Ferber
British Dictionary definitions for press agent

press agent

noun
1.
a person employed to obtain favourable publicity, such as notices in newspapers, for an organization, actor, etc PA
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