• stunt (sometimes disapproving) something that is done in order to attract people’s attention a publicity stunt

Is it a fixed phrase or collocation? I mean, Is it not right that "the band dressed up as the Beatles as a public stunt."

Must I say this? "the band dressed up as the Beatles as a publicity stunt."


Publicity is like advertising. A publicity stunt promotes the awareness of potential buyers. It creates buzz in social media and tweets. It is a common collocation.

"Public stunt" does not have that meaning. It would be is a rather silly act in a public place, not in some private setting.