also flack noun (plural flak; also flack) Etymology: German, from Fliegerabwehrkanonen, from Flieger flyer + Abwehr defense + Kanonen cannons Date: 1938 1. antiaircraft guns 2. the bursting shells fired from flak 3. (also flack) criticism, opposition

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • flak — [ flæk ] noun uncount 1. ) INFORMAL criticism and argument: The policy is getting a lot of flak. 2. ) bullets or bombs that are shot at airplanes from the ground …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • flak — (n.) 1938, from Ger. Flak, condensed from Fliegerabwehrkanone, lit. pilot warding off cannon. Sense of anti aircraft fire is 1940; metaphoric sense of criticism is c.1963 in American English …   Etymology dictionary

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  • flak — [flak] n. [Ger < Fl(ieger)a(bwehr)k(anone), lit., flier defense gun] 1. the fire of antiaircraft guns 2. Informal strong, clamorous criticism, opposition, etc …   English World dictionary

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