press avail

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A press avail by George W. Bush.


Shortening of press availability, itself a shortening of "press availability session." First recorded in early 1990s.


press avail (plural press avails)

  1. (US, politics, journalism) An open-ended question and answer session with the media.
    • 1992, April 18, “Craig R. McCoy”, in A Campaign Juggernaut Jaunts Through Phila.[1], page A4:
      "There won't be a press avail," she explained briskly about Clinton's first stop at - where else - the Italian Market. "It'll basically be a photo op."

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