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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English flacken (to palpitate, flutter), akin to Middle Dutch vlacken (to flicker, flash, sparkle), Danish flakke (to wander), Swedish flacka (to rove, rove about, ramble), Icelandic flakka (to move). Compare also Icelandic flaka (to flap, hang loose), Swedish flaxa (to flap, flutter).

VerbEdit

flack (third-person singular simple present flacks, present participle flacking, simple past and past participle flacked)

  1. (intransitive, obsolete) To flutter; palpitate.
  2. (intransitive, Britain dialectal) To hang loosely; flag.
  3. (transitive, Britain dialectal) To beat by flapping.

Etymology 2Edit

 
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NounEdit

flack (plural flacks)

  1. (Canada, US) A publicist, a publicity agent.
    • 1998, Winston Smith, Art Crime: The Montage Art of Winston Smith[1], page 25:
      Edward Bernay, who was a consultant to the US Delegation to the Versailles Peace Conference which terminated the first World War (and who finally wound up as a flack for the United Fruit Company in Latin America), believed that propaganda and its covert marketing could effectively alter the will of the American public.
    • 1999, Patricia Cornwell, The Southern Cross, page 233
      Thought you were flack," she said.
      "I'm not flack."
      "All right, P.R., a reporter, a novelist."

VerbEdit

flack (third-person singular simple present flacks, present participle flacking, simple past and past participle flacked)

  1. (Canada, US) To publicise, to promote.
    • 1997, Don DeLillo, Underworld:
      [..] he told funny stories about his early days in the theater district, flacking shows up and down the street, but Klara wasn’t listening.

Etymology 3Edit

 
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Variant of flak.

NounEdit

flack (countable and uncountable, plural flacks)

  1. Alternative spelling of flak.

Further readingEdit

  • flack at OneLook Dictionary Search
  • flack in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

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