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verb [intransitive/transitive] Australian informal spruik pronunciation in American English /spruk/
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present tense
present participlespruiking
past tensespruiked
past participlespruiked
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  1. 1
    to try to persuade someone to buy something or enter a place
    a time when travelling salesmen spruiked their wares in the town square
  2. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    (Australian English) to try to persuade someone to do or buy something, often in a dishonest or exaggerated way
    Going “gift-free” has been spruiked in the pages of the Oprah magazine and advocated by Mennonite Christians as a way to rediscover the reason for the season.
    Submitted from United Kingdom on 19/12/2013 11:51:00

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noun [countable]
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Use a spruiker to draw in the crowds.


an area in the countryside where there are both housing developments and farms, and many people travel to work in nearby cities

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