I have heard the term "PR" used as a verb, but have not found this in the dictionary. The way it was used seemed to me to be a derogatory way to imply the use of public relations techniques in a less than honest or straight forward way.

Example: "Joe from the Acme Corporation is just trying to PR you. They will never get the job done in time."

Is there an actual dictionary definition that fits this meaning and usage?


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    It's a classical case of "verbification" of a noun. Not "correct" in a formal context, but very well understood. – Hot Licks Mar 2 '17 at 1:50
  • 1)noun) Runner's jargon for Personal Record, which is a person's best time in a particular event. 2)verb) To achieve a PR 1) My PR for the mile is 4:54 2) I PRed yesterday by three seconds. (Urban Dictionary:urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=pr) – mahmud k pukayoor Mar 2 '17 at 1:55
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    @mahmudkoya - I suspect that in the OP's case "PR" refers to "public relations". – Hot Licks Mar 2 '17 at 2:20
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    It is possibly a deliberate play on words, because people in PR are often guilty of "verbing", i.e. using nouns as verbs. – m69 ''snarky and unwelcoming'' Mar 2 '17 at 3:18

MetaEd actually answered my question in a comment on 2 Mar by pointing me to a WordReference.com discussion where the OP says this has entered English via Russian, where PR as a verb" has become common:

Can I say XXX (name of the company) donate money to charities, but they don't do it because they are so kind but to PR themselves.

I'm asking this because 'PR' has found its place in the Russian language and we often use this word the way like in the examples above (I mean colloquially).

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