Definition of spruik in English:

spruik

verb

[no object]Australian
informal
  • 1Speak in public, especially to advertise a show.

    ‘men who spruik outside striptease joints’
    • ‘In Naming the minority, a new group, Australians Against Racism, spruiked for donations to fund television advertisements on refugees and received a big response.’
    • ‘Your sports editor, Mr Fitzgerald, spruiks about AFL record crowds this year.’
    • ‘To give credibility to their new products, they use scientists, doctors and people from the legal professions to spruik for them.’
    • ‘Speaking at the annual Festival of Science in Dublin, he urged scientists not to spruik for public support by overselling the potential of stem cell research.’
    • ‘And immediately after I'd started speaking, my opponent arranged for the local motorbike club to get their bikes and go racing up and down outside the corner where I was trying hard to spruik.’
    • ‘Stan took his message and his t-shirts and went spruiking throughout Sydney's marginal seats, including Parramatta's main shopping mall.’
    • ‘His ability to spruik, launch damage control campaigns, and deny screw ups for the conservatives is truly astounding.’
    • ‘Former Age editor and prominent spin doctor Mike Smith has been spruiking for Steve Vizard for about ten years.’
    publicize, make public, make known, give publicity to, bill, post, announce, broadcast, proclaim, trumpet, shout from the rooftops, give notice of, call attention to, promulgate
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    1. 1.1 Promote or publicize.
      ‘the company forked out $15 million to spruik its digital revolution’
      • ‘Now, is the job one dealing in drugs or is the job one of spruiking for the restaurant.’
      • ‘Genuine cases of sexual dysfunction should be handled by general practitioners and specialists, not spruiked for by billboards, magazine ads and radio commercials.’
      • ‘Most people made a donation only after reading the leaflet and a fair bit of spruiking was required to get people's attention.’
      • ‘There's more spruiking on the show than there is actual dancing.’
      • ‘TV stations love to colourfully spruik their product, "Heartwarming Family Event!"’
      • ‘Some law students at a Melbourne train station, spruiking the many exciting options on offer this Law Week.’
      • ‘Tony quickly becomes part of the travelling theatre, spruiking for gullible paying audiences to be ' transported to the world of their imagination '.’
      • ‘I remember the gentleman who owned it kept on spruiking about how much he would get for it.’
      • ‘The crucial difference is that Hardy's appearance was spruiking the paper, not simply spruiking her own product.’
      • ‘Not often that you see a cyclist spruiking things car related.’
      • ‘Frankie errs on the side of edgy celeb rather than pimping stars spruiking the latest big Hollywood blockbuster.’
      • ‘So we all pull up a pew and the priest starts spruiking.’
      • ‘The Media have a field day and the whole circus of spruiking, reacting and reporting is over before the week is out.’
      • ‘Stan took his message and his t-shirts and went spruiking throughout Sydney's marginal seats, including Parramatta's main shopping mall.’
      • ‘I've had two types of Liberal Party polling spruiked to me recently.’
      • ‘Security patrols and closed-circuit television cameras are being spruiked as a possible solution to crime in Glebe after a spate of robberies and vandalism attacks.’
      • ‘He's been spruiking in these pages for creative ideas for state government co-operative policy action.’
      • ‘Former editor and prominent spin doctor Mike Smith has been spruiking for Steve for about ten years.’
      • ‘They said the ads spruiked "hundreds" of skilled positions available in Australia.’

Origin

Early 20th century: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

spruik

/spruːk/