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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ The flack grimaced and walked away, muttering.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"publicity or press agent," 1945, also by that year as a verb, said to have been coined at show biz magazine "Variety" (but the first attested use is not in "Variety") and 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.


Etymology 1 vb. 1 (context intransitive obsolete English) To flutter; palpitate. 2 (context intransitive UK dialectal English) To hang loosely; flag. 3 (context transitive UK dialectal English) To beat by flapping. Etymology 2

n. a publicist, a publicity agent vb. to publicise, to promote Etymology 3

n. (alternative spelling of flak English)

  1. n. a slick spokesperson who can turn any criticism to the advantage of their employer [syn: flak catcher, flak, flack catcher]

  2. intense adverse criticism; "Clinton directed his fire at the Republican Party"; "the government has come under attack"; "don't give me any flak" [syn: fire, attack, flak, blast]

  3. artillery designed to shoot upward at airplanes [syn: antiaircraft, antiaircraft gun, flak, pom-pom, ack-ack, ack-ack gun]


Flack is a surname, and may refer to:

  • Audrey Flack (b. 1931), American painter and sculptor
  • Caroline Flack (contemporary), British television presenter
  • Edwin Flack (1873–1935), Australian Olympic athlete in track and field and tennis
  • Hugh Flack (b. 1903), Irish footballer
  • John Flack (b. 1942), British bishop of the Anglican Church
  • Layne Flack (b. 1969), American professional poker player
  • Marjorie Flack (1897–1958), American author of children’s books
  • Max Flack (1890–1975), American professional baseball player
  • Roberta Flack (b. 1937), American jazz and soul singer
  • Sophie Flack (b. 1983), American ballerina
  • Steve Flack (b. 1971), English professional football player
  • William H. Flack (1861–1907), American politician from New York; U.S. representative 1903–07
Fictional characters
  • Donald Flack, Jr., character on the American television series CSI: NY
  • George Flack, a newspaper correspondent in Henry James' novel The Reverberator

Usage examples of "flack".

Inspector Seldon and Flack passed rapidly through the grounds and reached the front door of the mansion.

He listened intently for a response, but no sound followed except the sharp note of the electric bell as Flack rang it again while Inspector Seldon bent down with his ear at the keyhole.

When Flack reached the door of the library he saw his chief kneeling beside the prostrate body of a dead man.

The fact that there was a murdered man in the house gave mournful emphasis to the transience of human life, and made Police-Constable Flack feel a glow of satisfaction in being very well indeed.

The object of his hesitation was to give Flack an opportunity of imparting any information that had come to him while on guard.

As Flack made no attempt to carry the conversation beyond the state of his health, Inspector Chippenfield came to the conclusion that he was an extremely dull policeman.

Several times in the early dawn Flack had seen two or three ladies in evening dress come down the carriage drive and enter a taxi-cab which had been summoned by telephone.

On the way downstairs, Hill saw Police-Constable Flack in conversation with a lady at the front door.

Police-Constable Flack was impressed by the spectacle of a beautiful fashionably-dressed lady in distress.

As he was talking to Hill, Police-Constable Flack came up to them with a card in his hand.

Crewe engaged Police-Constable Flack in conversation while waiting for Mr.

And it was apparent that Holymead was a shrewd judge of human nature, Crewe reflected, for he calculated that the rareness of the quality of observation, even in those who, like Flack, were supposed to keep their eyes open, would permit him to do so unnoticed.

When the opportunity came he broke off and with great effort drew himself into his study where he swore at the walls and damned Flack for a sooty nigger.

Flack, Flack, went the toggles as the stage-hands laced them over the wooden cleats.

Republican flacks simply demanded that Republican counties be included in the hand recount, too.